June 7, 2017 at 9:29 pm #30363
“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.
Just my 2 cents worth
Be BlessedAugust 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm #30419
J.C. Watts said this, “Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It’s not hard. Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.”
As you said, Character is what defines us and what people see in us. Our actions often speak louder than our words.
“Now therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on the bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering:
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel to another: even as Christ forgave, even so do ye.
And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you plenteously in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing your own selves, in Psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with a grace in your hearts to the Lord,
And whatsoever ye shall do, in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God even the Father by him.”
Thank you brother.
ShalomAugust 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm #30421
Ditto that, Brother Edgar. Our personal Integrity is who we are when we are alone. When we look in the mirror, is that reflection one that looks more like Christ or the world. Just because no one is around, we should not dramatically change how we behave. If we do, that makes us a hypocrite (like the Pharisees).
Our heavenly father wants us to be consistently renewed and restored by the Word, that is why the Lord’s prayer says “give us this day our DAILY bread”. Character is not a destination, but rather a journey towards a life well lived by God’s standards. And when we slip, trip, or fall, His Grace is right there for us to claim and, and like the prophet said, “Repent”. And God is faithful to forgive us so that we can operate without condemnation. Excellent observation, my brother.
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