Character in Christ
Excerpts with permission from "The Solution" by Scott Hamilton
In our last devotional study of the Gospel of John we learned that Christ must increase and we must decrease (John 3:29-30).
So, the question is...are we willing to make HE > me? Are we willing to engage in the process the Holy Spirit has begun in us? Are we making HE > me in our trust and faith, and in our obedience and application of life? Are we becoming less in our will, aspirations, lust, and sin? If not, what is in the way of God working in us? If we cannot make this commitment we limit the Spirit’s effective or effectual sanctification process. Remember this is not about being saved. This is about showing our transformation through our deep desire to be obedient to Christ. As James said, “So too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:17-18 Christian character allows us to obediently shine the light of Christ in the world.
Below are some devotionals about godly character traits that grow Him in us. These are essential to growing a healthy and lasting relationship with God and others.
Also included is a list of biblical character traits like the Fruits of the Spirit and at least one piece of scripture that speaks to them. Self assessment and accountability are important tools in our sanctification process. You can examine the descriptions, look up the Scriptures, and then ask yourself these six questions:
Is this character trait working in me? If so rate how much on a scale of 1 to 10.
How do I now exhibit this character in my daily life?
How can I use this character to develop a better willingness to respond to others—especially to the ones I love—with a sense of awe, and fear of God, and respect for people?
What blocks this character from working and being exhibited in me?
How can I make this character function better, stronger, and faster, even in times of uncertainty and stress?
Think through the steps you would take to put this character into action in a specific instance, or, to improve it. Consider the examples from the passages in God's Word.