CHARACTER

Character – "a collection of personality traits within our behavior that shows who we are through our integrity, attitudes, moral fiber, disposition, and how we treat others." As Christians, character is the display case of Christ that shows others their entire lives as Christians, because as Christians, character is not just personality or disposition but a description of who a Christian is. Character summarizes the essence of a Christian's walk because it is what defines a Christian. Character is the most important thing a Christian has. It's what people see in them and it will be what people say about them after they die. Because character is so important to the Christian life every Christian should try to develop godly character. Godly character is defined as "the ability to discern God's right way from the wrong, and to voluntarily surrender one's own will to do what is right in God's sight, and, with the promised help of the Holy Spirit, to resist wrong even under pressure and temptation." It has been pointed out there is a difference between reputation and character: "reputation is what you want others to think about you and that's what you show them, but character is what you are and this is what God sees." Character is what you do when no one is looking. D.L. Moody said, "Character is what you are in the dark." The ultimate goal of every Christian should be godly character because this is the only thing that will make them happy in this world, the only thing they will take into eternity, and the only thing they leave behind them in death. (II. Peter 1:5-9), " And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins."

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