GODLY CHARACTER ENTHRONES (1)
It is with great joy that I welcome to you to another glorious month. It is my earnest prayer that the eyes of your understanding be opened to see the great truths that God has in stock for you in Jesus Name.
This month, we shall be focusing on a crucial topic which I term the foundation of all worthwhile accomplishment in life; “Character”. We shall be exploring what character is and how a good Christian character can be built and sustained.
WHAT IS CHARACTER?
Dictionary defines character as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. It is also the complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person. A person’s character is shown by how they act, think, and feel. Character is the pattern a person demonstrates by how they interact with others and how they treat themselves. As someone rightly said “Character is what we do when we think no one is looking” it has its base in the heart i.e. the inner man. Your character doesn’t end there, it starts there and reflects outwardly in your actions. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things (Matthew 12:35).
Good character traits are those attributes we consciously build that draw us to other people. These are traits such as integrity, honesty, generous, kind, energetic, or optimistic; they exude energy that attracts others. Who would not want to spend time with a warm, open, trustworthy and loving person?
Jesus Christ is our perfect example of how a Christian Character should be. Believers were first called Christians in Antioch because their lives reflected the attributes of Christ in their day-to day living, in their actions and words. Therefore, the moment you are born again, your life must reflect the very nature of Christ.
God has wonderful plans for you, however, it Is one thing for God to plan for you, it is with godly character that you lay a solid foundation for that glorious future He has in store for you. How far you go in life is a function of your character or lack of it. No matter how talented or how charismatic you are, if you lack character you lack substance. I must tell you that the best time to build that strong Christian Character is during your single days.
Building Godly character is not negotiable it is crucial. You can build up or crash your destiny by your character. Just like the physical foundation is to a building, so is character to you Future. A crack at the foundation is a threat to the security of the building. You must therefore be willing to pay the price required to cultivate, nurture and sustain the right character.
How then can I build a godly character you may ask. It is important to state clearly that no one can successfully build a godly character without Christ. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God (Hebrew 3:4).
If character is a matter of the heart, then the question is where is your heart? Proverbs 4:23 says Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Is your heart towards the Word of God or the world? What you put in your heart will ultimately manifest in your character. Make God your priority in life. Give His Word first place in your life and watch how His word reforms and reshape your life, thereby equipping you with all you need in life to soar higher.
Your future is too great, you cannot afford to toy with it. Therefore, you must consciously work towards becoming that man and woman of godly character that God intends you to be.
The first important step to building a godly character, is to accept Jesus into your life. He alone can make all the difference in the decisions you are required to make. If you will like to do this, please say this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. I believe You died for my sins and rose on the third day. Forgive me of my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today.
Congratulations! You are now born again! 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, OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian Bookstores: Singles With A Difference, Make Your Life Count and You are Welcome to God’s Family.
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