• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Most people will not evaluate you by the measure of character you think you have; instead, they will judge you by the weakest areas of your life. “Character” in the sense I mean should be defined as “personal moral or ethical strength.”  D. L. Moody was once asked, “What is character?”  Moody replied, “Character is what a man is in the dark.”character-matters

Romans 5:4 tells us that “endurance produces character, and character produces hope. . . .” God has a character development program for each of us.  A man of godly character has hope. His confidence in God does not fade away.  Do you not wish that the disposition of your heart was so consistently aligned with the character of Jesus that assurance would flood your very soul?

Cultivating godly character in our personal lives is a necessary step in the Christian life. However, while others look at our outer appearance, “the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) If you serve God with all your heart, your character will be built by the choices you make.  If your greatest treasure is your love for Jesus Christ, the quality of your character will more closely resemble His. Standing up for truth, when it is unpopular with others, is a sure test of your strength of character.  God “is a shield to those who walk in integrity.” (Proverbs 2:7) “Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.” (Proverbs 28:18) A godly character is blessed by God regardless of outward circumstances.  A godly character clings to the absolute truth of God’s Word.  God gives us the strength to accomplish this.

Are you cooperating with the Holy Spirit in the work of producing godly character in your life?  By your actions, do you display the character of God for others to see?  Godly character will display itself in the small things you do.  Our lives are made up of many small difficulties. We face a few great trials in our lives, but it is how we live from day-to-day that tells the story of our character. How we live, work, and relate to Joe across the street may seem small in consequence, but these are the small stones that build our character.

Samuel at Gilgal

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