Out of curiosity, I tried to find the place where Paul mentions these virtues; it turns out they are from the letter of Paul to the Galatians. One site listing virtues and vices in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is written by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. Jesuit Biblical Ministries. He prefaces the list of quotes with the following introduction:Q: (L) So, I guess I've covered everything. Well, I have Divination on the list... For everyday use, we use I Ching, and I think a lot of group members do the same. I think we've got that covered. One thing that I was noting down on my little list here was that the Apostle Paul listed things to avoid, and then things to enhance. The vices that he listed, things that one should avoid, were: fornication, licentiousness, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, envy, drunkenness. Well, that's all pretty standard. I think it's a good basic list and you can apply it in different ways depending on your circumstances. Then he listed the virtues: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Self-control was kind of an interesting one for him to have on that list. And: no self-conceit, no provoking one another, and no envy. Then he said at the end of his list, "Whatsoever a man sows, that will he also reap”, and “let us not grow weary or lose heart." So, I thought that those were rather positive things to think about.
A: Most important to remember the "sowing" part in the context of this discussion.
Q: (L) Oh, you mean about your antennae and how your antennae determines your future. What you sow, you reap. So, if you're not taking care of your inner landscape and the immediate world around you in terms of your group and your associations and so forth, you're screwing up your antenna and then you're going to have a bad future because your antenna will attract the wrong things. Is that what you mean?
Q: (Artemis) Basically foresight is very important.
Here is the section from the letter to the Galatians as quoted and bolded by the above author:The Hebrew Bible contains very few extended lists of virtues and/or vices, aside from the Ten Commandments and related passages, probably since the ethical discussion of virtues and vices did not become popular until the Hellenistic period (3rd century BCE and later). In contrast, many New Testament writings contain short lists or more extended discussions of vices and/or virtues, habitual actions and ethical attitudes to be avoided and/or practiced, respectively. One of the most familiar short virtue lists is what Paul himself calls the "fruits of the Spirit," which include "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Gal 5:22-23; the Vulgate translation also includes goodness, modesty, and chastity, for a total of twelve).
It is important not to take any such texts out of context, but to read and understand them within the historical and literary contexts of the biblical books in which they are found. Thus, I encourage you to study the following passages in your own Bibles, reading and considering the literary contexts even more broadly than are provided here.
In the letter to the Galatians, Chapter 6, there is a section that mentions and also elaborates on sowing and reaping. A point which was emphasized by the C's. The King James Bible has:Galatians 5:16-26- Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.
For 6.9 I also looked up alternative translations, as "faint" today is often used in a different context.7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.