What is virtue? Biblically, the word virtue has a meaning of strength, wealth, and ability just to name a few. These are all wonderful characteristics and skillsets that many would probably love to acquire. How does one obtain virtue? By reaching out to Jesus Christ.
“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?”
Our encounter with virtue means that we have been touched by Jesus. Truth be told, my perspective of this woman was quite naive the first few times of reading this scripture. My perception might have told me that she was in error for daring to touch the anointed Messiah. I was wrong. There is much virtue that we can draw from her actions. Jesus calls us unto him. Reach out to Jesus even when reaching out doesn't seem popular.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”
2 Peter 1:3
The status and respect given to a young woman in those days was not what it is today. Not only would it have taken courage to reach out like she did but acting in a character that might have been perceived by men as out of order could have seen her harshly punished. Case in point, the men ready to stone the woman they brought to Jesus that was caught in adultery. The woman that touched Jesus took a great leap of faith and truly believed in her heart. In so doing, she added virtue to her faith.
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge”
2 Peter 1:5
After the adrenaline wears off, reality hits and fear attempts to creep in. This woman felt fear but little did she know, it was her time to rejoice. She was now a virtuous woman. Her act of faith allowed Jesus to meet her needs.
“And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”
Where virtue is, Jesus is. We are asked to think on the virtue as where virtue is...Jesus is. He has virtue in abundance for all of us if we would only think on it. The power of a thought.
“…if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
- Philippians 4:8
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband. A crown is a symbol of royalty. We are a royal priesthood, a chosen generation. We are the bride of Jesus Christ the husbandman.
“...cast their crowns before the throne...”
- Revelation 4:10
What is the price of virtue? This treasure in earthen vessels is priceless.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
Choose virtue. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.