Speeches

A virtue can be defined as a good habit, a stable quality of a faculty of man by which he is disposed to act easily, promptly and with delight. It can also be defined as a morally good action. Everyone is expected to practise virtues in our everyday life. No one is too young to imbibe certain qualities in them, hence there are certain human virtues, one must be able to follow.

Children that are up to seven must be sincere, obedient at all times, must be just in whatever they do as well as being orderly. As one gets older, it is expected that they must practise more virtues. For example, children that are within the '8 to 12' category must be industrious, patient, charitable, must be able to persevere like Christ did.Those that fall within the '13 to 15' category must be modest, moderate, social, have respect for others, etc. It is said that those who have respect for others and honour others live longer. Finally, those that fall within the '16 to 18' category must possess the following qualities:- they must be prudent, flexible, loyal, humble just as the Lord was. He was the king of the world yet he remained humble up to his death. One must also be optimistic and hopeful. It is better for one to keep trying and have positive thoughts towards achieving certain goals rather than giving up, no matter how hard the situation is.

It is said that 'The virtuous man is he who freely practises the good.' As a child of God, one must practice the virtue of temperance that is being able to control your behaviour. Chastity, meekness, detachment, sobriety and decorum all falls under temperance.

We also have the supernatural virtue which is the most important virtue of all because it is defined as those virtues which have God as their object. God should be our top priority. He should be placed above all other things because without Him, we cannot do anything. Faith, hope and charity are supernatural virtues.

Most people pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and hence these are permanent dispositions which makes us docile in following divine inspirations. These gifts of the Holy Spirit include wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and the fear of the Lord. It is expected that once one receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit they may receive the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are perfections formed in us as the first fruits of eternal glory and they include charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self control and chastity.

Chastity is an important virtue that everyone must abide in. In the Bible, it is said our body is the temple of God hence it should be treated with respect that is why God expects us to see sex as something precious and sacred, a bond of union to be used within marriage and for the purpose established by God, never a plaything , as a source of self-gratification.

One must practice what they preach, so it is necessary to know that as Christians we must try to avoid certain capital sins like pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony , envy and sloth instead one must try as much as possible to practise the opposite of the following by being humble, liberal, chaste, meek, showing brotherly love and diligence to become better people.

                                                                                                                                                                -Osarhieme Igbinovia (SS3A)