Dinner Topics for Thursday
The Webster 1828 American Dictionary gives 10 definitions for Virtue. Here are the ones which are most important in our society today.
Jesus was so clean, so pure, that from His very purity flowed the divine power of healing. ~C.D.
Virtue—1. 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.
- A particular moral excellence; as the virtue of temperance, of chastity, of charity.
- Acting power; something efficacious.
Jesus, knowing that virtue had gone out of him, turned—Mark 5:25-34
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
The Collegiate Dictionary connects virtue to chastity, especially in women.
A virtuous woman …her price is far above rubies.
The opposite of virtue is vice.
The Webster 1828 American Dictionary gives 4 definitions for Chastity, all of which are good to remember in our society today.
Chastity—purity of the body; freedom from all unlawful commerce of sexes. Before marriage, purity from all commerce of sexes; after marriage, fidelity to the marriage bed.
- Freedom from obscenity, as in language or conversation.
- Freedom from bad mixture; purity in words and phrases.
- Purity; unadulterated state; as the chastity of the gospel.