5 Powerful Virtues of Biblical Men

I think you will agree with me when I tell you that the average Christian man today lacks many of the essential virtues, or character qualities, found in the Bible.

You are not alone if you agree with that assesment, but the good news is that you can make a difference that can change that fact in your church, family, and community.

In this post we are going to examine some powerful biblical virtues that can not only change your life dramatically for the better, but will have a ripple effect on those around you.

For thousands of years, men have studied different virtues in an effort to discover the most powerful and significant of them all.

The motivations of these men are probably as diversified as the virtues that they have studied, and the sources of their discovery. Civilizations and cultures have all contributed to the vast number of virtues that have been considered.

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The Example of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is known to have put in a great deal of effort to narrow down a list of virtues that would be ideal for life. It is understood that in the end, he selected thirteen virtues that he considered to be superior to the rest.

Benjamin Franklin mentioned them in his autobiography, as well as in the great book “The Art of Virtue“.

The 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin:

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

These virtues were actually the foundation of the popular Franklin Covey time management organizers and products.

So, the idea of trying to narrow down a list of powerful virtues is not new, it has long been the pursuit of men from a variety of backgrounds.

However, there is no better or higher source of virtues than the Bible. The Word of God is the authority on the subject, and from its pages, we are instructed in the greatest of virtues.

This article is not intended to list every virtue in the Bible or even the priority of biblical virtues. This article simply identifies….

5 Powerful Virtues of Biblical Men

The Virtue of Discipline

1 Corinthians 9:25–27 “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

At the root of being a disciple of Christ, is a spiritual discipline. It is required for every Christian to be devoted and disciplined in the faith.

When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, he had asked Peter, James, and John to “watch and pray”, but they quickly fell asleep. Jesus corrected them for their lack of spiritual discipline.

Developing the virtue of discipline as a biblical man is not as easy as simply wanting to. In fact, you will have to start applying it if you want to learn it.

One of the aspects of spiritual discipline is developing an appetite for reading and study. In addition to daily Bible reading, it would be good for you to start by selecting some reliable books on spiritual discipline and committing to study.

Resources to develop spiritual discipline:

The Virtue of Discernment

1 Corinthians 14:20 “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.”

The definition of “discernment” according to Websters 1828 Dictionary is: noun The act of discerning; also, the power or faculty of the mind, by which it distinguishes one thing from another, as truth from falsehood, virtue from vice; acuteness of judgment; power of perceiving differences of things or ideas, and their relations and tendencies. The errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment

Without a doubt, this is an incredibly powerful virtue for biblical men! It is the outward manifestation of true wisdom applied to real life.

All of the Bible serves as a source of wisdom, yet the Book of Proverbs rises above the rest.

Proverbs 1:1–6 “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”

Proverbs 2:2 “So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding”

Proverbs 2:10–11 “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee”

Proverbs 3:13–14 “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.”

Proverbs 4:7–9 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”

The virtue of DISCERNMENT is powerful beyond measure.

Who can measure the impact that King Solomon continues to have in this world? Only God can know the eternal impact of the Bible, and the great depth of wisdom that is found within its pages.

Biblical men apply the virtue of DISCIPLINE to learning and increasing wisdom and discernment. 

Resources to develop spiritual discernment:

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The Virtue of Direction

Philippians 3:13–14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Far too many men today are living with the guilt and consequences of past sin and failure. It not only weighs us down, but it holds us back from reaching our full God-given potential in Christ.

The biblical man learns to stop focusing on the past which he cannot change, and puts his focus on the future, and living with a full commitment to Christ from this point forward.

The past, and even the present, does not define the biblical man! Where you have been, and where are are now, is not nearly as important as where you are headed from this point forward.

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

Proverbs 3:5–6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

The Virtue of Dedication

2 Timothy 2:3–5 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”

There is no shortage of Christian men today that lack commitment and dedication, they are a dime a dozen. Hit and miss men with no understanding of the spiritual gravity with which we are to live.

Paul makes the comparison of a good soldier who is dedicated to his duty. As biblical men we are to be in the world, but of the world. It is much like a boat in the water. A boat is made to be in the water, it belongs in the water. However, the water doesn’t belong in the boat.

We must be dedicated to the Lord in all that we do. The power of dedication to our roles as godly men is immeasurable! If we need an example we must look no further than the disciples themselves.

Romans 12:1–2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The Virtue of Determination

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”

The power of determination has been studied for a long time. When a man sets his mind to do something it truly is incredible what can be accomplished. God created us with an amazing ability to pursue what matter to us.

Biblical men use the power of determination to become the kind of men that God created them to be. The make up their mind to BE more than to DO. While what you DO as a Christian man does matter significantly, what ARE matters infinitely more!

If you have been redeemed in Christ, then you are a blood bought child of God, created in His image, with the purpose of living for Him! Are you determined to do be and do that?

Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Romans 12:10–1Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”

Colossians 3:23–25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”

Determine today what you are, and that will determine what you do.

Let’s do a quick review:

5 Powerful Virtues of Biblical Men

  1. The Virtue of Discipline
  2. The Virtue of Discernment
  3. The Virtue of Direction
  4. The Virtue of Dedication
  5. The Virtue of Determination

If you will make up your mind right now, to study these virtues, learn all you can about them, and put them to practice, you will unleash the power of God’s promises into your life.

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