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CHARACTER LASTS

CHARACTER LASTS

 

‘The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be’ 2 Peter 1:8 NLT

 

Capability without character is a lethal concoction.

Just look to some of the celebrities who are ruined by drugs, money, or pride. When your time on planet earth is up, it’s not your career but your character that goes with you. Christ-like character is what God wants you to grow in most of all.

But what does character actually look like?

You could say it’s doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. A pat on the back from people is fine, but watch out that you’re not riding the wave of people-approval. You never know when the compliments could come to a crashing halt.

Obviously, the best example of character is found in the life of Jesus.

But how do we make that part of our lives?

Peter fleshes it out for us like this: ‘Make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone’ (2 Peter 1:5-8 NLT).

Your faith in Christ has to be more than belief in certain facts; it needs to result in action and growth, otherwise it could begin to wither.

What now?

Think about the spiritual diet listed in 2 Peter 1:5-8. Make a note of what’s missing from your diet, then pray about how you can add it in.

Joy Ferdiz

September 29th, 2013

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