What is character? According to Noah Webster in his famous Dictionary of 1828, character is defined as "distinguished or good qualities; those which are esteemed and respected; and those which are ascribed to a person in common estimation." In other words, good character means having qualities that are "esteemed and respected" and that most people would use to describe you.
What qualities would most people use to describe you? Have you ever thought about that? If not, why not consider that question now? If you were to ask the people in your life to describe the qualities that best describe you, what would they say?
Better yet, what qualities should describe your life?
The best point of reference would be our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Does your life display the qualities that Jesus possessed and demonstrated? To answer this question, we must know what qualities describe Jesus. And to find the answer to this question, we must look at the Word of God.
Why? Because Jesus is the Word of God. Take note:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1: 1, 14, Underlining Mine).
Jesus was God made Man. He came not only to save us but also to show us how to live. Are you living the way Jesus lived?
"Be not deceived: evil companions corrupt good character."
(1 Corinthians 15: 33)
Jesus was a man's Man. As we study the life of Jesus (and, yes, make the life of Jesus a lifelong study and a lifelong way of living), we see that He demonstrated the fruit of the Holy Spirit as described in Galatians 5: 22.. In other words, when people described Jesus, they would say that He possessed the following qualities: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the qualities that comprise a Godly character.
Do you possess these qualities?
Make it your goal to develop and cultivate the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. Then you will be a man of Godly character. And then, and only then, will you influence the world for good.
Question: What challenges you the most in becoming a man of Godly character?
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"Be not deceived: evil companions corrupt good character." ~ I Corinthians 15: 33 (CLICK TO TWEET)
"Jesus was a man's Man." ~ Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET)
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To Become a Gabriel Guy, you need to qualify as follows:
- You need to be born again. This means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and the Lord of your life.If you don't know how to do this, click here.
- You need to have a desire to tell others about Jesus wherever you go and whenever you can.
- You need to commit to following Jesus by reading the Bible and praying every day and by obeying Jesus' command to love Him and to love your neighbor.
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