TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, October 15, 2018:
The aggregate of properties and qualities that distinguishes one person or thing from another; a moral or ethical quality.
But we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance, character, and character, hope.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Nothing is more important in life, other than knowing Jesus as one’s Savior, than to have proven character that is honest and trust worthy. When a person’s character is questioned it is very hard for that person to ever be completely trusted.
As a believer we have even a greater responsibility to have an upright character because what we do and what we say affects what others see in us and how we represent our Lord. As believers we are subject to a higher standard because of our faith.
When we think of someone of righteous character we think of Job. In the book of Job we read that God described Job as a man of upright character and great faith who loved God. He was also very prosperous. Satan came before God and challenged that Job’s faith was related to his prosperity. God allowed Satan to test Job. Satan took away all of Job’s flocks, all of his possessions, all of his servants, and even all of his children. When all of this did not cause Job to turn against God, Satan afflicted him physically. Even then Job’s faith never wavered.
God commended Job for his character. In Job 1:8 God said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and shuns evil”.
Our character is the sum total of our personal values and qualities. Character is a large factor in determining the life we lead here on earth. In Genesis 49 we read about Jacob gathering all of his twelve sons together to give them his blessing before he died. He made a prediction on their future based on the way they had lived and the character they portrayed. Of the twelve, only Joseph was described as having a commendable character. Joseph was the only son that Jacob predicted would have God’s blessing in the future.
The Bible records the lives of great men and women of virtuous and Godly character. We think of Abraham, Enoch, Noah, Daniel, Joseph, Esther and Mary to name a few. All of them were known to trust God and walk with Him. They knew that character was highly important in God’s sight.
Have you ever given thought about whether God is being glorified by your character or would He be ashamed of your character? When you tell someone that you are a Christian, do they see you as Christ-like? Is it time for a character analysis in your life?
Our memory verse for this week is found in II Timothy 1:7.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Lord, enable me to have an upright character and to always strive to do what is right. Help me to bring glory to Your name and represent You with honor and obedience so that others will see You in me. Keep me strong when Satan tempts me to do any evil that would harm my testimony and hinder my relationship with You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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