The Virtue Tree

Scripture is full of teachings about virtue, laws guiding God’s people toward character, exhortations to live in a way that reflects God himself. Pause now to consider these passages (click on them to read them online):

Colossians 3:12-14

Galatians 5:22-23

Ephesians 4:31-32

Titus 3:1-2

1 Peter 3:8-12

Wow! Inspired? Convicted? Both? Living a God-fashioned life is a tall order. Though God is at work in us, changing us from the inside out, God doesn’t do this like magic. It’s not like poof! Now you’re virtuous! Oh no. As you read these passages, you see clearly that along with God’s work the onus is on us to strive with all of our being to embody God’s likeness in our thoughts, actions, words, deeds. In the Middle Ages, Christians used the image of a tree with branches symbolizing the biblical virtues of a God-honoring life.

Consider this ancient image (here and here) and pray through the passages listed above. Invite God to show you one or two ways in which, this very day, you can focus on more fully embodying who he is. Is it kindness? Is it patience? Is it forgiveness? However God leads you, rely on him, be sensitive to his leading . . . and grow.


2 responses to “The Virtue Tree

  1. In this political season we need this reminder We should be reminded of the truth found in scripture. The truth of love and living in unitywhich seems quickly forgotten in our culture Thank you for reminding us of a path to be that directs us to peace.

  2. Reblogged this on Denim Devotion and commented:
    I just found a new blog, written by Kelli Trujillo, and I am intrigued and challenged by her writing. Take a look at this, her most recent post.

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