Good character is an essential global quality that is valued in every area of life, both secular and spiritual. It is a cross-cutting virtue that is cherished in different cultures, faiths and even in the corporate world. While different cultures or faiths may differ on some points regarding good character, there still remains a generally acceptable behaviour that is recognised as good by all.
Character is defined as “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual”. As Christians, we often emphasize that our faith and salvation is not based on how good we are, but based on the finished work of Christ on the Cross. While this is true, the reality is that in face of such grace and mercy, we cannot remain the same. In Christ, our old nature is done away with and something new is birthed in us. This new seed of God’s nature and the mind of Christ is to grow in us, take root in us and transform our lives especially our character.
In this process of transformation through sanctification, some bad character traits are chipped off as we are moulded into the image of Christ Jesus. On the other hand, when we are reluctant or inflexible to the prompting of God, we leave ourselves to learning the hard way or even worse, ruining our reputation and tarnishing our Christian identity. In this case, we are often not the only people affected, as it could potentially affect the way others view Christians and the faith in general.
Proverb 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall”. Your gifts and ability may take you far, but your character is sure to determine the longevity of that success. In light of this truth, let us therefore be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and to be willing to humbly submit ourselves to be moulded and shaped into the character of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Be encouraged as you walk on this journey with Christ.