God IS love and love is not religious in any way. TRUE love is absolutely virtuous

These are the characteristics (fruits) of TRUE love's divine, eternal nature. If there is no virtue, there is no TRUE love.

The thing you need to understand, is that in order to have and to hold, and live with/in/for true love absolutely, you must embody all its characteristics and you can't do that by trying to be virtuous, in your own strength. That's called self-righteousness (righteousness is a synonym of virtuousness). You can only embody absolute virtuousness in the supernatural presence of the divine nature and awareness of the one, true, living, Great Omniscient Deity of absolute, undying, true love and majestic virtuousness, the Holy Ghost, that transforms your character and makes you a perfect gentleman or gentlewoman of true love, a saint by any other name.

"Beware of practicing your righteousness (virtuousness) before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."Matthew 6:1

NB: The lion and lamb icons denote the virtue as either being active or passive

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Virtue of the Week

RESPONSIBILITY

active lion-like virtue

Being responsible means others can trust you to do things to the best of your abilities. You accept accountability for your actions, as actions always have consequences. When you make a mistake, you offer amends instead of excuses. Responsibility is the ability to respond capably and to make wise choices and decisions.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6

There Are 52 Virtues

One For Every Week of The Year

ASSERTIVENESS

ASSERTIVENESS

Being assertive means being bold, positive and confident. You are not afraid to express your ideas, even if others react instinctively from their pride, vanity, selfishness or ambition, etc. You know what you stand for and what you won't stand for. You expect respect, yet show respect and deal with others graciously and with courtesy, regardless.
CARING

CARING

Caring is giving love and attention to people. When you care about people, you help them. You cooperate, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully. Caring is love in action.
CLEANLINESS

CLEANLINESS

Cleanliness means keeping your heart, mind and body clean. It is putting into your heart, body and your mind only the things that keep you healthy. It is staying free from influences that are not virtuous. It is cleaning up mistakes, putting the past behind you and making a fresh start.
COMMITMENT

COMMITMENT

Commitment is knowing clearly what you need to do, then giving it 100%, holding nothing back. You put everything into it, finishing what you started. You faithfully keep your promises.
COMPASSION

COMPASSION

Compassion means sharing with passion. It is opening your heart and mind, and sharing passionately and generously with others, even if you don't know them. It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen.
CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE

Confidence is having faith and trusting that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens. You are sure of yourself and enjoy trying new things, without letting doubts or fears hold you back. When you have confidence in others, you put your trust in them and know you can rely on them.
CONSIDERATION

CONSIDERATION

Consideration is being thoughtful. You consider how your words or actions affect others. You pay careful attention to what others might need and cooperate. Yet you consider yourself as well and don't be a people pleaser, by pampering to their pride, vanity and/or selfish ambition.
COOPERATION

COOPERATION

Cooperation is working together and sharing the load. When we cooperate, we join with others to do things that cannot be done alone. We are willing to follow the code of conduct which keep everyone safe and happy. Together we can accomplish great things, for many hands make light work, in more ways than one.
COURAGE

COURAGE

Courage is bravery in the face of fear. You do the right thing even when it is hard or scary. When you are courageous, you don't give up. You try new things. You admit mistakes. Courage is the strength of resolve in your heart.
COURTESY

COURTESY

Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life to flow gently and smoothly.
CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY

Creativity is the power of inspiration. It is discovering your own innate talents and daring to see things in ways others may not and find different ways to solve problems. With creativity, you can change reality.
DETACHMENT

DETACHMENT

Detachment is not allowing your instincts or ego to control you. Instead of just reacting, with detachment you are free to choose how you will act. You use thinking and feeling together, so you can make wise decisions with humility and without desire or fear.
DETERMINATION

DETERMINATION

You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is applying your will to do something when it isn't easy. You are determined to make your dream come true, even when it is hard or you are being tested.
DILIGENCE

DILIGENCE

Diligence is working hard and doing your absolute best. You take special care by doing things step by step. Diligence helps you to get things done with excellence and enthusiasm. Diligence leads to success.
ENTHUSIASM

ENTHUSIASM

Enthusiasm is being cheerful, optimistic, and full of spirit. It is doing something wholeheartedly and eagerly. When you are enthusiastic, you have a positive attitude. Enthusiasm is being inspired and full of zeal.
EXCELLENCE

EXCELLENCE

Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed manifests in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition. Excellence is the key to success.
FLEXIBILITY

FLEXIBILITY

Flexibility is being open to change. You consider others' ideas and feelings and don't insist on your own way. Flexibility enables you to be creative and discover new ways to get things done. You easily drop things that become a hindrance and adopt new ones. Flexibility helps you to keep changing for the better.
FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS

Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes, including you. Forgiveness not only frees the one you forgive, it frees you too. Forgive yourself as well, when you know you've made a mistake and instead of carrying the guilt, ask for forgiveness, decide to act differently, and then be determined and have the faith that you can change. Though it doesn't mean you have to keep going back for more and being a doormat.
FRIENDLINESS

FRIENDLINESS

Friendliness is being there for others, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel equal. You share your belongings, your time and yourself. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.
GENEROSITY

GENEROSITY

Generosity is giving and sharing. You share freely, not with the idea of receiving something in return. You find ways to lift the spirit of others, and give just for the joy of giving. Generosity is one of the best ways to show love and kindness.
GENTLENESS

GENTLENESS

Gentleness is moving wisely, touching softly, holding carefully, speaking quietly and thinking kindly. When you feel mad or hurt, use your self-control. Instead of harming someone, talk things out peacefully. You are making the world a more civil, gentler place.
HELPFULNESS

HELPFULNESS

Helpfulness is cooperating with others, without needing to be asked and doing thoughtful things that make a difference in their lives. When you see a need, act cooperatively and fill the need. Ask for help when you need it. When we help each other, we get more done and make our lives easier.
HONESTY

HONESTY

Honesty is being truthful and sincere. It is important because it builds trust. When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat or steal. Being honest means that you accept yourself as you are and don't make yourself out to be something you're not. When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you.
HONOR

HONOR

Honor is living by the virtues, showing great respect for yourself, other people, and the code of conduct you live by. When you are honorable, you keep your word. Honor goes hand-in-hand with integrity.
HUMILITY

HUMILITY

Humility is the key to being able to embody all the virtues. It is understanding that others are as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don't expect others or yourself to be perfect, just perfect gentlemen or gentlewomen. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.
IDEALISM

IDEALISM

When you have ideals, you really care about what is right and meaningful in life. You follow your beliefs. You don't just accept things the way they are. You dare to go against the current and make a difference. Idealists dare to have big dreams and then act as if they are possible, even if everyone tells them it's impossible. It's and essential virtue for TRUE believers.
INTEGRITY

INTEGRITY

Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right (virtuous) thing and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.
JOYFULNESS

JOYFULNESS

Joyfulness is an inner sense of wonder, fulfilment, confidence and serenity. You appreciate the things that each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our sense of wonder, fulfilment, confidence and serenity diminishes. Joy will carry you through the hard times and make the burden lighter. Joy gives us wings.
JUSTICE

JUSTICE

Practicing justice is being fair. You don't prejudge. You see people as individuals. You can be a good judge of character and not accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.
KINDNESS

KINDNESS

Kindness is showing you care and doing something to make life better for others. Be thoughtful about people's needs. Show love and compassion to those around you. When you are tempted to be vengeful, cruel, criticize or tease, decide to be kind instead.
LOYALTY

LOYALTY

Loyalty is staying true. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, community, friends and/or ideals, when the going gets tough, as well as when things are going well. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.
MODERATION

MODERATION

Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life and not overdoing or getting swept away by the things you like. You use self-control to take charge of your life and your time.
MODESTY

MODESTY

Modesty is having self-respect. When you value yourself, you accept praise with humility and gratitude. Modesty is being comfortable with yourself.
NOBILITY

NOBILITY

Nobility is the majesty and fulfilment of all the virtues. It is what comes when all your thoughts, words and actions are conducted with peacefulness, gracefulness, graciousness, kindness and humility, etc. Nobility is the righteous fruit of true love's (God's) absolute virtuousness and makes your stature like a king's.
ORDERLINESS

ORDERLINESS

Orderliness is being neat and living with a sense of harmony. You are organized, and you know where things are when you need them. Solve problems step by step instead of going in circles. Order around you creates order inside you. It gives you peace of mind.
PATIENCE

PATIENCE

Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals. Patience is a commitment to the future and going with the flow.
PEACEFULNESS

PEACEFULNESS

Peacefulness is being calm inside, taking the time to smell the roses and resolving conflicts. Be a peacemaker. Peace is giving up the love of power for the power of love. Peace in the world begins with peace in your heart.
PERSEVERANCE

PERSEVERANCE

Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give up...you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.
PURPOSEFULNESS

PURPOSEFULNESS

Being purposeful is having a clear focus. Begin with a vision for what needs to be accomplished and concentrate on it. Do one thing at a time, without scattering your focus. When you are purposeful, you make things happen.
RELIABILITY

RELIABILITY

Reliability means that others can depend on you. You keep your commitments and give your best to every task. You are responsible and able to respond. You don't forget, and you don't need to be reminded. Other people can relax knowing things are in your reliable hands.
RESPECT

RESPECT

We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and graciousness, and honor the code of virtuous conduct in our family and community. When you show respect to others, you not only build up respect within yourself, but are building up their self-respect.
SELF-DISCIPLINE

SELF-DISCIPLINE

Self-discipline means self-control. It is doing what you know you need to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings and instincts like a leaf in the wind. You act instead of react. You get things done in an orderly and efficient way. With self-discipline (self-control), you take charge of your life.
SERVICE

SERVICE

Service is cooperating with others and making a difference in their lives. You consider their needs as important as your own. Be helpful without waiting to be asked. Do every job with excellence. When you act with a spirit of service, you can change the world.
TACT

TACT

Tact is telling the truth kindly and courteously. Think before you speak, knowing what is better left unsaid. When you are tactful, others find it easier to hear what you have to say. Tact builds bridges.
THANKFULNESS

THANKFULNESS

Thankfulness is being grateful for what we have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. Appreciate the little things that happen around you and within you every day. Think positively. Thankfulness brings contentment.
TOLERANCE

TOLERANCE

Being tolerant is accepting differences. You don't expect others to think, look, speak or act the same as you. You are free of prejudice, knowing that everyone is different and diverse, with their own life and part to play in it. Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different with patience and flexibility.
TRUST

TRUST

Trust is having faith in someone or something. It is a positive attitude about life. You are confident that the right (virtuous) thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Even when difficult things happen, trust helps us to find the gift or lesson in it.
TRUSTWORTHINESS

TRUSTWORTHINESS

Trustworthiness is being worthy of trust. People can count on you to do your best, to keep your word and to follow through on your commitments. You do what you say you will do. Trustworthiness is a key to success in anything you do.
TRUTHFULNESS

TRUTHFULNESS

Truthfulness is being honest in your words and actions. You don't tell lies even to defend yourself. Don't listen to gossip or prejudice. See the truth for yourself. Don't try to be more than you are to impress others. Be true to yourself, who, what, why and how you truly are, in your heart of hearts (soul).
UNDERSTANDING

UNDERSTANDING

Understanding is using your mind to think clearly, paying careful attention to see the meaning of things. An understanding mind gives you insights and wonderful ideas. An understanding heart gives you empathy and compassion for others. Understanding is the power to think and learn and also to care and leads to wisdom.
UNITY

UNITY

Unity helps us work and live together peacefully. We feel connected with each other and all living things. We value the uniqueness of each person as a gift, not as a reason to feel outacst for your difference, fight or be scared. With unity we accomplish more together than any one of us could alone.