In two days, I hope to preach about the glorious effects of the resurrection of Christ in the lives of His people from Colossians 3:1-17. As I prepared and meditated on that passage, the list of virtues in 3:12-16 stood out to me. So I took an hour or so this morning to combine and compare the virtue lists of the New Testament.
It seems that the true spirituality and self-denying grace presented in these lists is commonly missing from professing Christians. May they not be lacking from our lives.
|Matt. 5 |
|2 Cor. 6 |
|Gal. 5 |
|Eph. 4 |
|Col. 3 |
|2 Pet. 1 |
|Hungering for righteousness|
|Merciful||Kindness||Kindness||Compassion Kindness||Brotherly love|
|Knowledge Word of truth||Knowledge of the Word||Knowledge|
|Power of God|
- 27 different terms are included in these lists.
- But because of similarity of ideas, it appears there are roughly 19 different virtues.
- The idea of patience or longsuffering is the only virtue in all 6 lists.
- Kindness is the next most mentioned virtue in 5 of the 6 lists.
- Gentleness, Peace, and Love are in 4 of the 6 lists.
- Christian graces conspicuously missing include boldness, courage, diligence, generosity, and initiative.
- The Christian life is uniquely marked by grace, self-denial, restraint, and considering others.