Hebrews

Christian Virtues

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Seven is a holy number in the Bible. The prophet Isaiah refers to the seven gifts of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3). Wisdom is said to have seven pillars (Proverbs 9:1). The writer of Proverbs lists seven sins that the Lord detests (Proverbs 6:16-19). These references may have been the basis for the medieval church's distinction between the seven vices and seven virtues. 

Jesus, Our Brother

Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Hebrews 2:11

Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters; despite the horrible way some people treated Him while He walked on the earth. He endured torment in order to make us holy, so that we might be welcomed into His heavenly kingdom without stain or blemish or the effects of sin. Jesus endured the cross because He loves us and wants us to live together as a family for eternity. It is the most joyous meaning of the Christmas season that God became one of us to redeem us from the curse of the law; but that is not our only joy.