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God is Making Me A Man of


The moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiate from my life as I obey God's Word.

n. [Fr. vertu; It. virtu; Sp. vertud; L. virtus, from vireo, or its root. See Worth. The radical sense is strength, from straining, stretching, extending. This is the primary sense of L. vir, a man.
3. Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law. In this sense, virtue may be, and in many instances must be, distinguished from religion. The practice of moral duties merely from motives of convenience, or from compulsion, or from regard to reputation, is virtue, as distinct from religion. The practice of moral duties from sincere love to God and his laws, is virtue and religion. in this sense it is true,
That virtue only makes our bliss below.    Pope.
Virtue is nothing but voluntary obedience to truth.     Dwight.
5. Acting power; something efficacious.
Jesus, knowing that virtue had gone out of him, turned --  Mark iii.
7.Excellence; or that which constitutes value and merit.

And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for virtue went out from Him and healed them all.
Luke 6:19

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Peter 1:3

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2 Peter 1:5

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. -- Romans 8:30

My delight is in the Law of the LORD; and in His Law I meditate day and night. Psalm 1:2 -- Psalm 119:55

Author: Murray, Lindley, 1745-1826.
Title: The English reader, or Pieces in prose and poetry : selected from the best writers : designed to assist young persons to read with propriety and effect, to improve their language and sentiments, and to inculcate some of the most important principles of piety and virtue : with a few preliminary observations on the principles of good reading / by Lindley Murray.
Imprint: Utica : Printed by Hastings & Tracy, 1827.

Webster's, 1828 ed.

This isn't that New Age "Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??

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