What Makes Godly Character?
The core values are the guiding principles that dictate behavior and action. Core values can help people to know what is right from wrong; they can help you to determine if you are on the right path and fulfilling your goals; and they create an unwavering and unchanging guide.
God’s standard is unwavering, He want us follow His standard so that we could develop a godly character, “A man of character and integrity will always determine to do the right thing.”
The question we must ask ourselves privately is, Who are you really? What’s in your heart?
The Greek word for heart is “kardia” which also means core. Character goes beyond what people see on the surface to our heart, all the way to our core.
Lets look at the solid definition of character that holds up against culture shifts and volatile circumstances. Here it is:
“Character is the will to do what is right, as defined by God, regardless of personal cost.” It is a set of qualities, or values, that shape our thoughts, actions, reactions and feelings. People with strong character: show compassion, they are honest and fair.
Let’s expand that into three statements:
1. Character is a pre-decision to do what is right. When a decision is predetermined it nullifies the variables. Our vision is clear even when circumstances are not. How we will respond has already been decided.
2. What is right is determined by God. True character acknowledges that there is an absolute standard of right and wrong. But most people do not believe in absolute truth. “Research reveal that only about half of those who claim to be Christians believe in absolute truth.” Locking in to a standard of truth that is absolute seems too confining or narrow-minded for some. “Truth” is negotiable or circumstantial. But men of character make a pre-decision to do what is right as defined by God.
3. A man of character does what is right because it is right, not because it is convenient. It doesn’t matter what it costs us personally. It doesn’t matter if others support us or oppose us. We do what we do because it is right, and we know it is right because it is based on a standard that is determined by God—the standard of God’s Word.
Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites. His character shined when he was a young man, and it stayed bright throughout his life.
“A man of character does what is right because it is right, not because it is convenient. Joseph was an amazing young man, he said, ” There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. <u>How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”</u> Genesis 39:9 NKJV
Can we find the likes of Joseph in this generation? He would have done otherwise without been discovered, Even though his character was on trial. It doesn’t matter what it costs us personally”
Joshua was well acquainted with going against popular opinion and doing what is right as defined by God. In the final season of his life and leadership, the people were wavering in their faith and obedience. Joshua challenges them to make a choice to serve God and God alone. And in his challenge, he made it clear that his personal decision had already been made regardless of what they would choose to do. Look at what he said:
“Now fear the Lord, and serve Him with sincerity and faithfulness. Put away the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord. If it is displeasing to you to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve, if it should be the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites’ land where you are now living. Yet as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:14-15, MEV
Can you feel the confidence in that statement? Joshua knew what was right. His decision was not dependent on what anyone else was going to do. His mind was already made up. He was not waiting on the results from a poll. He went on record with his decision because he was a man of principle, not public opinion. Joshua was a man of character.
It’s who he was in his heart.
Character flows from our heart. It is who we really are at our core.
As a Church of the New Covenant, The Spirit of God takes residence inside of us to help us to act like God to fulfil Genesis 1:26-28. The Apostles of old were called Christians (Christlike) because of their character Acts 11:26. Few days ago I was in a dream, i remember seeing some of my personal effects in someone’s custody, meaning he stole them. I was upset, and I tried to hit the fellow. Suddenly, I saw a face appeared in the sky as heaven (cloud) drew back, and I saw another very huge man hanging in the sky. So I stopped in my decision to fight. God is watching us, the host of heaven is watching us, the Apostles of old are watching us, as we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses Hebrews 12:1. Friends, do not take irrational decisions. Whatever situation you are facing, calm down and ask yourself how Jesus Christ would have reacted in such situation or how would you have reacted if Jesus Christ was physically with you.
God bless you.