Discipleship 14: Christian Character

THE CHARACTER OF A CHRISTIAN

Many Christians measure the significance of their lives by how much they “do” for the Lord (the quantity of activities).

But this doesn’t give the true picture of Christianity. The Bible reveals that what you are is more important than what you do. It emphasizes the quality of the “character” of a Christian as being most important to the Christian life. Character is what we do when no one is looking; when no one is around who can “catch us”. It isn’t the same as reputation; that’s what other people think of us (who could also misjudge our motives). Character isn’t the same as success or achievements. Those things are personal accomplishments. We could be successful and still not be the person God wants us to be. Character is who we are.

THE CALL TO GODLY LIVING

1. Every Christian has been given the Holy Spirit to help us live the kind of lives that glorify God. Read Galatians 5:22,23. What “fruit” is mentioned?

2. “Fruit bearing” in the Christian life depends upon “what”, according to John 15:4?

3. Read Ephesians 4:22 24.

In verse 22, what should we do?

In verse 23, how can we do it?

In verse 24, what should we be responsible for?

4. Read Romans 12:1,2.

In verse 1, what should a Christian do?

In verse 2, what does it say I am NOT to do?

Instead, according to the rest of verse 3, what SHOULD I do?

HUMILITY

In the character of a Christian, certain things should be a part of our lives. The main topics listed below give us a small example of the type of person we should be.

5. What could the Son of God say of Himself (Matthew 11:29)?

6. What act of service did Jesus do to His disciples following their last meal together? (John 13:1 5)?
7. Before having supper together that night, what were some of the disciples arguing about in Luke 22:24?
8. Read Philippians 2:6 8, about Jesus coming to earth. According to verse 7, what did Jesus become when He became a man?
9. How is a Christian to regard himself with others according to Rom. 12:3?
10. What is the command found in Romans 12:10?

It’s easy to see that humility is “putting another person before yourself”, not seeking our own selfish desires but seeking the best for others. It doesn’t mean we become a “doormat” for those who would abuse us or use us for their own personal gain. We don’t put ourselves in a situation in which our own dignity as a child of God is slandered or when we’re not able to speak our own opinions. Humility is not synonymous with an inferiority complex. Our dignity and value comes from being a child of God.

PURITY

11. What does 1 Peter 1:14 tell us not to do?

12. What does 1 Peter 1:15 tell us to do?

13. According to Mark 7:21, where do our evil desires come from?

14. Why is it important for a Christian to guard the use of his body (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19)?

Often we think there are certain sins that are worse than others, as if there were levels of “bad” or “worse” sins . When we fail in some “small” area, we rationalize our own behavior, “At least it wasn’t a very bad sin.” In the eyes of God (according to Eph 5:3 8), are there any “small sins” that are allowable for a Christian?

15. Read Matthew 5:27,28. Can we be guilty of sin before committing the act?
                 How?

16. What is the Christian supposed to do according to…

Romans 13:14

Philippians 4:8

17. When we’re tempted to sin, we have been given a “shield” to give us strength and help. What is that shield (Psalm 119:9,11)?

INTEGRITY

18. What does God require of us (Zechariah 8:16)?

19. What does Romans 12:17 command us to do?

20. According to 2 Corinthians 8:21, why are we to do those things that are right?

21. What are the “seven things which the Lord hates” according to Proverbs 6:16 19?

22. What does the righteous man despise according to Proverbs 13:5?

23. What instruction does God give about our speech in these verses?

Proverbs 21:23

Ephesians 4:25

James 4:11

24. How can our speech be used for good things?

Psalm 35:28

Proverbs 12:25

Proverbs 15:1

Ephesians 4:29

25. What commands for honesty are given in these verses:

Leviticus 19:11

Leviticus 25:14

Romans 13:7

Ephesians 4:28

26. How is our tongue described in James 3:7 10?

27. According to Colossians 3:9,10, why should we speak honestly?

28. How Is a Christian expected to overcome evil habits (Jude 24)?

LIVING WITH CHOICES:

How we make moral choices when it comes to the “gray areas of life” is important. Here are some helpful guidelines.

1. Always value the reason Christ died; (Titus 2:14). He died so you would be free from the condemnation of your sin, so you would have victory over sin in the present and the guarantee of a home in eternity with Him.

2. When making moral decisions, ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” If there is any doubt as to the answer, use your head not your emotions & choose to follow the Lord. You do not pray about a decision that already violates Scripture (Phil 2:5; 4:8).

3. Always refuse to linger in “gray” areas. It makes no sense to continue a way of life that God has rescued you FROM. Making proper choices in a world that doesn’t always practice what is right isn’t always easy, but it is possible. Just remember all the elements of Galatians 2:20.


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