Public virtue isn’t true virtue. Consistently doing what is right, even when alone or of an inner choice, is true virtue – seeking out a life of integrity.
The words spoken everyday can change a whole day, reputation, and relationship.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for bringing others up, according to their needs.” Ephesians 4:29
Although everybody has a chance not to achieve evil, they also have the opportunity to do good – they’re two completely different prospects. ‘I am not doing evil’ – that doesn’t mean I am doing good.
Every choice made can change a person’s whole character and reputation.
“But Noah found favour in the eyes of the LORD… ‘I am going to put an end to all people… so make yourself an ark of cypress wood… I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark’ …Noah did everything the LORD commanded him. …” Genesis 6:8-22
A virtuous person doesn’t wish to appear right but to truly have character traits such as truthfulness, responsibility, gentleness and tolerance.
“For the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control.” Galatians 6:22,23a
A virtuous person, when making a mistake in speech, academics, or relationship, apologizes and accepts the fact that they were wrong, taking full responsibility to the consequences. As Jesus would’ve done.
“Forgive as the LORD forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32b
“Let your light shine so before men, that they may see your good works and praise your father in heaven.” Mathew 5:16
Be a person of integrity, who shines for the glory of God; who knows what is right and does it!