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Forty-nine virtues

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In christian theology, Bill Gothard has informally specified a set of forty-nine virtues, organized around the gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in Romans 12:6-8. Others propose different sets of virtues, organised by Stages of Life, by Leadership Perspectives, and so forth. The 49 virtues are not references in Christian scripture. The 49 charismatic virtues are:

  1. Prophecy
    1. Adventurousness/Boldness Vs. Trepidation/Fearfulness
    2. Forgiveness Vs. Disaffirmation/Rejection
    3. Compliance/Obedience Vs. Obstinancy/Willfulness
    4. Persuasiveness Vs. Combativeness/Contentiousness
    5. Sincerity Vs. Two-facedness/Hypocrisy
    6. Truthfulness Vs. Duplicity/Deception
    7. Uprightness Vs. Impurity
  2. Serving
    1. Alertness Vs. Unawareness
    2. Hospitality Vs. Loneliness
    3. Generosity Vs. Stinginess
    4. Joyfulness Vs. Self-pity
    5. Flexibility Vs. Resistance
    6. Availability Vs. Self-centeredness
    7. Endurance Vs. Quitting/Giving up
  3. Teaching
    1. Dependability Vs. Inconsistency
    2. Diligence Vs. Slothfulness
    3. Patience Vs. Restlessness
    4. Reverence Vs. Disrespect
    5. Security Vs. Anxiety
    6. Thoroughness Vs. Incompleteness
    7. Self-control Vs. Self-indulgence
  4. Exhorting
    1. Discernment Vs. Judgment
    2. Faith Vs. Presumption
    3. Discretion Vs. Simple-mindedness
    4. Love Vs. Selfishness
    5. Creativity Vs. Underachievement
    6. Enthusiasm Vs. Apathy
    7. Wisdom Vs. Natural Inclinations
  5. Giving
    1. Resourcefulness Vs. Wastefulness
    2. Frugality Vs. Luxury
    3. Fulfillment/Contentment Vs. Covetousness
    4. Promptness/Punctuality Vs. Tardiness
    5. Tolerance Vs. Intolerance/Prejudice
    6. Cautiousness Vs. Recklessness/Rashness
    7. Gratitude/Gratefulness Vs. Ungratefulness/Unthankfulness
  6. Organization
    1. Ambition/Initiative Vs. Unresponsiveness
    2. Commitment Vs. Untrustworthiness
    3. Courage Vs. Cowardice
    4. Decisiveness Vs. Vacillation/Double-mindedness
    5. Determination Vs. Faint-heartedness
    6. Loyalty Vs. Unfaithfulness
    7. Orderliness Vs. Confusion/Disorganization
  7. Mercy
    1. Attentiveness Vs. Unconcern
    2. Deference Vs. Rudeness
    3. Fairness Vs. Partiality
    4. Compassion Vs. Indifference
    5. Gentleness Vs. Harshness
    6. Meekness Vs. Anger
    7. Sensitivity Vs. Callousness

Bill Gothard

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