IT notes: Character

Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger

CHARACTER DEFINED

Character is inward motivation that governs our actions whether we are with others or alone.  The Greek word for character is kharakter.  It speaks of an engraved mark, which is a tool for stamping, engraving, or making an impression.  It is the word used in Hebrews 1:3 which says, “Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” 

The lines in an old hymn say, “Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.”  Our character is who we are in the core of our being.  Character modulates our actions, as a governor curtails the speed of a school bus.  Decisions are weighed through our character.  It is the motivation to do right no matter what it personally costs.  Our character of diligence is a gift to others.

Psalm 15 is a great barometer to measure character.  Two questions are asked in verse one, and answered in the following verses.  “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?  Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.  He who does these things shall never be moved.”

Character is integrity of heart and is our inner compass.  It is our navigational instrument, like a sextant is to a captain of a ship.  No matter which way our life turns, or how many storms we are in, proven character always points due truth.  Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.”

CHARACTER OF DILIGENCE

Proverbs 4:23-27 is like a compass.  It says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.  Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.  Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.  Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.  Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.”  Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

One with diligence engraved on their heart will do everything possible to walk in purity.  They discipline their thoughts.  They bring stray thoughts captive and do not allow them to have a voice.

Proverbs 22:29 Amplified says, “Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”  One with diligence excels.  Daniel is an outstanding example of diligence.  He was one of three governors.  Daniel 6:3 says, “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.”

When Daniel knew that the king’s decree had been signed, he stood through character.  He never flinched or wavered.  Daniel 6:10 says, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home.  And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”  He did not break stride even though his life was on the line.

Daniel’s innocence was proven in the den of the lions.  Daniel 6:22 says, “My God sent His angel and shut the lions mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

Psalm 24:3-5 is another character barometer.  It begins with two questions, and the answers follow.  It says, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?  Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” 

Characteristics of diligence: excellent spirit, thorough, dedicated, consistent, conscientious, plodder, finisher, integrity, persevering, tenacious, focused, wholehearted, disciplined thoughts, dedicated, hardworking.

Proverbs 27:23 says, “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds.”  We can apply this to those in our influence.  Joseph was in charge of the prisoners.  He was diligent to know their state (Genesis 40:4-8).  His proven character prepared the way for the Lord to fulfill His word.

j marilyn adams ~ March 24, 2016

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