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Is the virtue of hope in your character?

Hope is a virtue that projects us towards a positive future. It is the conditioning of our life that comes from an optimistic view of the future even when the outlook is grim. For Christians, the sovereignty of God provides a fundamental perspective for hope, because the future is placed in the hands of a loving and powerful God.

Hope is closely linked to the virtue of joy, as the ability to not dwell on present adverse circumstances, and of friendship, as seeing through imperfections and offering new opportunities after failure. Patience might be included as a virtue related to hope as it calls for appropriate resignation, for a given time, regarding the evils of a fallen world and its inhabitants. The virtue of patience might be described as the disposition to bear conflicts and to resolve them in peace over time, rather than through rapid conflict.

Does this describe you? If so, well done, you are a person of hope.

The opposing vices

As with the other virtues, hope also needs wise discernment in order to avoid the excess of ingenuity and gullibility and the deficiency of cynicism. The vice of wrath that explodes during conflict is contrary to patience which to remains controlled and knows how to wait, demonstrating wise discernment between the excesses of irascibility, intemperance, impulsiveness and haste and the deficiency of resignation and defeatism.

Do any of these describe you?  If they do, and if your score in the Virtue Test was low in this virtue, then you may want to choose to work on the virtue of hope in your character.



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