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May 9, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Bible Verses on Christian Virtue, Leadership, and Wisdom

Here is a great list of Bible verses which highlight and speak to Christian virtues.  They would seem to make great memory verses and verses for meditating and reflecting on–and to keep one’s “eyes on the prize.”  Great jumping off points for self-reflection and a re-newal of purpose and focus.

Christian Virtue List–The Fruits of the Spirit:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5: 22-23, NIV Version


If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-7, NIV Version

Christian Virtue List

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4: 2-6, NIV Version


14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 4: 14-16, NIV Version


Virtue and Mindset:

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4: 29-32, NIV Version

Focus, Meditate, and Dwell on What Is Right and Good:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4: 8, NIV Version

Seven Christian Virtues:

  • Prudence (Prudentia)
  • Chastity (Castitas)
  • Temperance (Temperantia)
  • Charity (Caritas)
  • Patience (Patientia)
  • Kindness (Benevolentia)
  • Humility (Humilitas)

Four Cardinal Virtues:

  • Prudence, from prudentia meaning “seeing ahead, sagacity”) is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.[4] It is called the Auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues) as it guides the other virtues.[5]
  • Justice is that virtue which regulates man in his dealings with others. Connected to justice are the virtues of religion, piety, and gratitude. [6]
  • Thomas Aquinas ranks fortitude third after prudence and justice and equates it with brave endurance.[3] Patience and perseverance are virtues related to fortitude.
  • Temperance, is that moral virtue which moderates in accordance with reason the desires and pleasures of the sensuous appetite. Related to temperance are the virtues of continence, humility, and meekness.[6]

FYI: These two lists may have more official value than it should, although these are all certainly valuable, helpful, and Christian.  Wisdom and prudence I think may be a little different, if we’re splitting hairs a bit.

Source: Wikipedia

Christian Virtue Resources:

  • The Sermon on the Mount (here)
  • The Beatitudes and Virtue (here)
  • New Testament Christian Virtues Article: (here)
  • Richard Foster author of Celebration of Disciplines


Leave a Comment
  1. Nathan Kets / Jun 2 2017 5:58 pm

    This is a pretty good passage from 1 Peter 2:

    As is this one from 1 Peter 3

    There are also some really good parts of 1 Peter 1:

  2. compassioninpolitics / Aug 16 2017 3:51 am

    Virtue & leadership:
    Fruits of the Spirit
    Blessed are the peacemakers.
    Kind Words Proverbs 16:24
    Whatever is….
    Act Justly Michah 6:8
    Be strong & courageous Joshua
    He is our strong tower.
    Psalms 23

    Faith & trust:
    Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
    This is the Day the Lord has Made. Rejoice in It.

    Identity & Community:



    Meaning, Purpose, Joy, & Happiness:

    Could back source my favorite books (or popular books)

  3. compassioninpolitics / Aug 17 2017 5:54 am

    Some possibilities:
    John 8:1-11, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 139: 1-6, and Ephesians 2:8-9.

    Backsource more from Christian M

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