While these are not "virtues" in the strict sense of the four cardinal virtues and three Christian virtues, they are part of the child of God's life and a formula if you will for serving God. Faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. These sound similar to the fruit of the Spirit and I should think if we desired to construct a whole and complete man, these would each make - if not top - the list. Let's continue growing in our faith as the Apostle Peter urges, so we may be effective and fruitful men and women of God. G.C.
Virtue can be defined as "behavior showing high moral standards." We can look to other passages and from other writers in the Bible to find variations on virtues and why they are important to us. I believe life is important, so important in fact, that God died to make a way for mankind to live forever with Him. In looking at the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, humility, and self-control - do any of those seem desirable? Everyone wants to love and be loved. Joy is sometimes so inexplicable but knowable. Peace of mind and heart is what the world is looking for. Patience is crucial to seeing things through to the end. Most people have a hard time refusing a kind person. Goodness is that person that always seems to care. Faithfulness is highly sought after, trust is key for relationship. Gentleness is that trait which is delicate towards all. Humility is the one who regards other selfs before self. Self-control is the ability to not be mastered by any but the Master Himself. This is what life in Christ offers. You make ask what "traits" of a person as created by the Spirit of God has to do with morality. God is the one where moral standard begins, so surely His character traits are what empower us to live moral lives. These traits are very "other" centered as brief investigation of each trait or "fruit" is looked at. That is the central theme of Christian life, loving God and loving others. We do that by the Spirit of God.