In Lao Zi's Dao De Jing Chapter 67, we have descriptions of the 3 virtues of Love, Frugality, and Putting Others First. Here are the details:
天下皆謂我道大 似不肖。夫唯大故似不肖。 若肖，久矣！其細也夫。My translations:
我有三寶 持而保之：一曰慈， 二曰儉，三曰不敢為天下先。
All people under the heaven think that the Great Way (of Heaven that I preach) is useless or foolish. That is because greatness seems like folly. If it is useful, in the long run, it will be narrow and small.The 3 virtues correspond to the teachings of the Bible well.
I have three treasures that I keep with me all the time. The first is love. The second is frugality (thriftiness, self-control). The third is not wanting to be first in the world. Love enables me to be brave. Frugality enables me to be generous. Not wanting to be first enables me to perform well and become the leader.
The people nowadays discard love and bravery, discard frugality and generosity, discard being last and fight for first, it will surely bring forth death!
Love will bring forth victory in attack and strong protection in defense.
Heaven will save such people and protect them with love.
- Love: (Love is the Greatest)
This is very obvious. Lao Zi added bravery with it. Loving others causing us to risk our lives to save them. This is precisely what Jesus did for us. He died on the cross to save us from the punishment of our sins. In addition, Lao Zi stresses that Love always wins whether in the active or receptive mode. God also saves and protects such people that act with love.
- Frugality or Self-Control in spending: (Generosity is blessed)
Because we exercise self-control in our spending, we shall have much to give away and be generous.
Psa 37:21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;
Psa 37:26 He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.
- Not-Seeking to be First: (Servant Leadership)
He is always thinking about others and putting others first. He is always serving others. No wonder that such people who put others first become the right choice of a leader.
Mat 23:11 The greatest among you shall be your servant.
Mat 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Love bravely, be frugal to be generous, and put others first are virtues for greatness.
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