Preface:Malachi teaches us the extent of God’s commitment to His people and also points out their sacred responsibilities.
Christians need to be virtuous in character. What is virtue? Virtue is the quality or practice of moral excellence or righteousness. As a student studying away from home, sometimes my Christianity wears thin. Immersed in stress and pressure from the courses I’m studying, I am advised that I will have to move home because my landlord has sold the property where I’m living.
Job lost everything—his cattle, servants, sons, and daughters, all in the same day. But during this period of anguish and despair he turned to God for guidance. Job did not listen to his wife or his friends, and he refused to sin against the Most High. Below are three steps that may help struggling Christians to attain virtue.
1. Daily prayer and supplication to God is a vehicle of communication. God knows what tests and trials we go through in our lives and is willing to guide us only if we believe on Him. Remember: seven days without prayer makes one weak!
2. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Ps. 27:14, NIV). To wait on the Lord means to be faithful and trust that situations will sort themselves out. The way in which you react during moments of crisis will be a reflection of where you are spiritually in your Christianity. Does your faith move mountains or do mountains remove your faith?
3. Studying the Bible strengthens and helps to equip the Christian for spiritual warfare. God speaks to us through the Scriptures we read and makes us more susceptible to the Holy Spirit’s call for improvement to our lives.
Being a Christian is not an easy life. We battle daily with obstacles that fill our paths. Before we reach our heavenly goal, we need to exercise these virtuous qualities within our lives, so that others around us will be encouraged and be saved.
Odelyn Smith, London, England