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THE RIGHT CHARACTER
by Rev. Don Rivers

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  In life there are some principles that are always right, love one another is one of them. An unloving spirit has no place in Godís Kingdom. Are we loving people? Do we really care about the lives of others? Do we love others the way Jesus loved us? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Racing is a pressure packed sport. There are many things said and done in the heat of competition that, when given a chance to think about, we may very well have responded differently. We have seen it in many races where a driverís true character showed itself and he takes it out on another driver. It is ugly.

  What happens when we are no longer able to control ourselves? Our true character shows itself. Sometimes it gets very ugly. The type of person we are inside, given time, will show itself. We all have evil in us. But the difference Christ makes is that he can help us change from the person we are to the person we need to be. These instructions when prayerfully considered will change our life. We will be conformed to the image of God. When God promises us an abundant life He will help us learn how to receive it.

Colossians 3: 12-17; Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  The instruction we receive deals with our character, in other words, what goes through our heart and head. Our character dictates what comes out of our mouth and the way we behave. True character is said to show up when no one is looking. How do we behave when we do not think anyone is watching? How do we behave under pressure?

  Listen to what these verses say; And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

  ďAll theseĒ refers to the character traits revealed in these verses; compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearing and forgiveness. To these add love, peace and thankfulness. Let me point out again that all of these traits start inside a person not outside. Our true character will be revealed when we face the stress of daily living.

Jesus said; Mark 7:20-23, "What comes out of a man is what makes him `unclean.'
For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man `unclean.' "

  We must overcome these desires and replace them with the character of Christ. It doesnít happen overnight, it is a process. We first need to submit to the process of change, pray for God to guide and change us. Then we must replace our old way of doing things with the new way God teaches us.

  Letís look at the three of these character traits we have read. First, Love; being loving means caring about others more than you care about yourself. It indicates a priority for our life. We need to make the decision in our heart to love others, put others first. When we do that we put their wants and needs above our own. Love is pretty complex and we donít have time to cover every aspect of it here. We can sum it up like this,

John 15:13, Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

  Peace and thanksgiving go together. When we are truly thankful about all that God has provided for us we are at peace and know that He will continue to provide for our needs. Knowing what God has done for us gives us the trust and faith to know He will continue. Knowing God provides for us gives us a peace that passes understanding in our spirit. The circumstances of our lives do not matter because we know God has a plan, His plan is good and His plan will provide for our needs. We can be thankful for what He has done and be at peace knowing He is faithful and will continue.

Romans 8:28 says; And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.

  Do we love God? Have we submitted our life to His purpose? Have we put the needs of others ahead of our own? If we have, be at peace, thank God for what he has done and trust in Him that He will continue to provide for us.

  This list of character traits is a challenging one. We cannot change our lives to reflect these qualities without the Holy Spirit working in our hearts. We need to reflect the character of Jesus Christ. Pray this week as we continue to study this list that the Spirit would guide us to a new understanding of the changes that need to be made. God is true and faithful and He will help us become the person He wants us to be.

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."


   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
 


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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: October 9, 2017

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