Webster defines “character” as one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual.
In attempting to define my character, I am realizing that my attributes are my strengths, but also my weaknesses. God has perfect character because He is holy, trustworthy, and unchanging. He created me in His image at the beginning of time in order to love and hold me and walk with me in and through life. I was made to see God face to face. It was the first sin that cast us all out and made us different.
In defining my own character, I realize that my sins and my circumstances changed my character along the way to righteousness. I was born to live for God and to trust Him, so I believe God is refining me through the difficult circumstances I find myself in so that He can stretch me and further develop my character. He wants to see my capacity to trust and obey my Perfect Creator. I can’t walk with God when there are still parts of my makeup that need to be tested. I am reminded of artists who draw caricatures of people. They attempt, in a few short strokes of a pencil, to capture the true essence of a person. Most times we laugh at the distorted view of ourselves because we are covering up the fact that the artist hits the nail on the head. It becomes hard to look at our misconstrued faces which show a funny side to our inward flaws. However, this is no laughing matter. I have to constantly look at my real face in a mirror and say, “This is who I am, God. Please make me more like You.”
I would say that I am a serious individual. I don’t like games. There is a time for work and that seems to be all the time for me. I’m a bit judgmental and critical but the flaws I see in others are often a reflection of myself. I have a tendency to let jealousy and bitterness take root in some aspects of my life and it taints everything in an instant. I tend to be self-righteous and through that horrible characteristic I end up losing compassion and humility. I have major control issues. I’m known to be a tad selfish and very impatient. I’m rebuking all of those things right now in Jesus’ name. I can’t change what I don’t acknowledge.
How often, within my own character, do I misjudge and misconstrue the truth of what a person is really going through? How many times do I really (if I am being 100% honest) rejoice at the misfortune of my enemies? I am tired of living like that. Because I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE to be on the other side. Character is what we all should be working on. I don’t desire to be wiped out like Edom.
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To further your reading, consider this from:
Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
How is our character built if all we do is sit around in our jealous envy and judge others? That alone, is suffering if you ask me. We must be willing to go through those emotions without acting on them (even in our minds) if we are to develop our character.
Related Scriptures: Proverbs 24:17; Ezekiel 35:15; 1 Corinthians 15:33