Another great bible study this past Friday evening, Brothers and Sisters chewing on the incredible word of Our Savior Jesus Christ. As Psalm 133: 1 says “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”, But, I digress……
We were in Genesis Chapter 33 and a thought was offered about Esau’s attitude towards Jacob at their meeting. Esau seemingly had forgiven Jacob of all the things that had decades earlier provoked Esau to kill Jacob. In kicking this notion around we began to contemplate what kind of attitude we as Christians should have towards people we run into daily. How we react to various people in various circumstances. This has caused me to consider what is “Christian Character” (?) and I share the following thoughts I have gleaned from an article in gotQuestions.org.
Character is defined as strength of Moral Fiber. Merriam Webster defines character as “one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual”. A W Tozer described character as “the excellence of moral beings”. Honesty, and Charity are noted as qualities of good character. We see in the scriptures that Ruth (Ruth 3:11), Hanani (Nehemiah 7:2), David (Psalm 78:72) and Job (Job 2:3) are described as having Noble Character. These lives were distinguished by persistent moral virtue. It is to be noted that an individual’s character should be based on an individual’s general tendencies and not on a few isolated actions. For example King David was a man of good character (1 Samuel 13:14) although he sinned on occasion (2 Samuel 11).King Ahab may have had noble actions once 1 Kings 22:35) yet overall he was a man of bad character (1 Kings 16:13).
Character is influenced and developed by our choices. This is a notion I can recall my wife continually bringing to the attention our kids. As Daniel resolved not to defile himself in Babylon (Daniel 1:8), so are we reminded that Godly choices are an important 1st step in developing Godly integrity.
It is the Lords purpose to develop character within us, and is the result of the Sanctification process of the Holy Spirit. “Character in the believer is a consistent manifestation of Jesus in his or her life.”
“You test the heart and are pleased with integrity” (1 Chronicles 29:17). Character is developed by: Controlling our thoughts (Philippians 4:8, practicing Christian Virtues (2 Peter 1:5,6) guarding our hearts (proverbs 4:23) and keeping good company 1 Corinthians 15:13)
Men and women of character will set a good example for others to follow, and their godly reputation will be evident to all (Titus 2:7,8). …. Larry