“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3-4)
Character is measured by the love and faithfulness we genuinely display in our daily lives. These are not simple virtues that we can fake. Merciful love is displayed when we have power over another but choose to treat them with kindness and genuine concern. Faithfulness is being a person of truth — genuine and trustworthy in word and deed. These virtues need to be a part of our everyday lives and permeate our very identity. When they do, others will notice and God will be pleased.
Those of us who confess to be saved are under constant scrutiny from the world. It is always trying to use us to show that the Word of God is conterfeit. Our personal integrity is paramount in dispelling Satan’s attacks. Our consistency and virtue will be tested and tempted. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). The world needs to see God through our deeds and character. As long as we rely on the Christ within us, and DO what thus says the Word, we will overcome and God will be glorified.