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SOME THOUGHTS ON CHARACTER

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. (Romans 12:11-16 ESV)

character of founding fathersHave you ever really thought about the many qualities of your own character? The quality of a Christian’s character is extremely important because it should reflect the glory of God. Would people describe you as manifesting the character of Jesus? Romans 12:11-16 describes the character of a mature Christian. I have listed a few of the important characteristics I find in the verses above:

  • The Christian should be eager to avoid any sign of spiritual laziness.

  • The Christian is eager to become a humble servant of God and the church.

  • The Christian rejoices in hope in light of his salvation.

  • The Christian endures in tribulation with the help of the Holy Spirit.

  • A Christian is persistent in prayer.

  • A Christian is generous.

  • A Christian practices forgiveness.

  • A Christian is sensitive to the hearts of others.

  • A Christian may have a great intellect but does not assume he is smarter than others or show favoritism.

Do you possess these character qualities? Do you realize that our God is more interested in our character than playing Santa to our worldly prayers? Are we not told in Proverbs that the man of integrity will walk in security? (10:9 ESV) When facing trial or tribulation the man or woman of godly character will walk securely with God.

Walk in the light, thy path shall be
Serene and clear and bright;
For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee,
And God Himself is Light.

(Walk in the Light, Bernard Barton)

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