Compliment of the season to you, in Jesus’ name. I count it a rare privilege to welcome you to the last month in our year ofExceeding Grace, Strange Works! I want you to be rest assured that God is going to visit you this month and giving you the balance of your Exceeding Grace testimonies.
All through this month via the Word of God, I will be sharing with you, Attributes of a Godly Character.
In life, one of the crucial areas of life that require serious attention, if you must live a unique life as a teenager, is your character. I must tell you this: there is no better time to build a strong Christian character than during your teenage years. Without any doubt, character is crucial!
Character is simply defined as someone’s way of behaviour; it is a pattern of behaviour that shows moral strength, self-discipline and of course, dignity. It is your life-style. The Scripture says: For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you (2 Thessalonians 3:7).
I can tell you with every sense of responsibility that you cannot amount to much in life, without good character. It is the platform for sustainable exploits and a glorious future. No matter your charisma, if you lack character, you will crash! Many glorious destinies have crashed for lack of character. Truly, good character is the only way out of a life of crises!
Interestingly, character is not a gift; it has to be consciously cultivated. You don’t wait for it and you certainly cannot wish for it. For everyone who desires to live a godly life, it is important to consciously and deliberately cultivate godly character.
Without a doubt, God has a great and colourful future for everyone that is His child, including you! However, it is one thing for God to have a plan for us, but it is an entirely different thing for us to walk in that plan. It is with godly character that we can lay a solid foundation for that colourful future that God has in store for us.
Let’s examine some certain fundamental truths about character that you need to understand, especially now that you are a teenager. A good understanding of them, when appropriated, will enhance your usefulness in your life journey:
Fundamental Truths about Character
It’s a Matter of the Heart: As a seed, character has its root or foundation in the heart – the inner man. It is essentially a matter of the inside, which eventually finds expression on the outward. In other words, it begins from within. Proverbs 23:7 says: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Character cannot be hidden! No matter how hard you try, sooner or later the true stuff of which you are made, will come to the open. You cannot be separated from your character. Whatever you are doing now is an overflow of what goes on the inside. That is why Jesus said that if you cleanse the inside of a cup, the outside would also be clean (Matthew 23:26). To develop a godly character requires you working on your inner man, first and foremost.
It is Your True Beauty: Really, your true beauty is not just in the outfit, fashionable shoes, jewelry, powder or make-up that you wear, but much more in your character.
If you wear the latest designer clothes, shoes, jewelry, perfume, etc., but without character, you have no true beauty and therefore have no future! Let’s face it: to lack character is to be naked! To lack character is to stink! To lack character is to be ugly! Character is your true beauty! Thank God for all the new kinds of body lotions and the entire cosmetic collections that is now available. All of these have their place but none of them can take the place of a good character. Your true clothing, beauty and smell make up your character.
It is Not a Gift: The third fact about character that you must understand is that it is not a gift. Never say such a thing as: “Well, God understands that I don’t have the gift of character or the way I am, is a function of how I was brought up by my parents!” Well, thank God for your background. Whether you were brought up by godly parents or not, you have to now accept responsibility over your life. You have no one to blame! As a believer, you are now a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9). You are now in a new place in God. It is a life of a new order. You will not disappoint your generation in Jesus’ name.
In case you are reading this article and you are not born again, you are not justified yet and you don’t have the grace of God upon your life to cultivate a godly character. To be born again, you have to confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready to be born again, please say this simple prayer with me, in faith: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins. Take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank You for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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