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Virtue, Moral Excellence, Integrity of Character

[New Testament Greek word "arete"]

  1. Referring to God - his power, his excellencies or perfection; the manifestation of his divine power.
  2. Referring to People - a virtuous course of thought, feeling or action; moral excellence or integrity; virtue.

In reference to God...

It is the reason we can be saved (and the basis for our lifestyle, once we are saved)
It is something we can boast about!

In reference to people...

It must be a part of our character.
It must influence what we think about.

If we want to be his people, we must reflect his moral character.
God has virtue/moral excellence/integrity of character... so must we.

Dennis Hinks © 2001, 2004