Character is described aptly as ‘who you are when no one is looking.’ Christianity is no a self-improvement project but we represent Christ. In fact, we are being transformed into His image. Knowing what HE looks like, helps us as we take responsibility for the things that are ours to do.
Let’s take a look at some important Christian Character attributes. Using a scale of 0-10, consider whether you never (0) exhibit the trait or you consistently (10) demonstrate that trait.
Loving (accepting & available)
Forgiving (not holding grudges)
Respectful (honors others and self)
Trustworthy (count on their promises)
Humble (puts others first)
Honest (transparent, truthful)
Patient (willing to wait w/o complaint)
Peaceful (quiet confidence in good)
Joyful/Hopeful (expects good to come)
Self-controlled (vs. addiction-controlled)
Do any of those traits cause you dismay? There is good news: these are by-products of a Spirit-filled life. We do not transform ourselves; the Holy Spirit is our power source.
Developing these flavors in our lives is the goal of Discipleship Coaching. Take time now, to list—in order of priority, the three things from above that you most desire to develop.
Our history is part of us; it need not define us or limit us. However, when we stuff it away without understanding, negative stuff can simmer deep within. Living fully in the freedom of Christ requires bringing even the past into the Light of His love. As you consider the character traits that trouble you, you may find lingering resentment about negative deposits in your character bank. Forgiveness sets you free…ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything limiting your fruit. If you feel resentment in your heart, please visit Discipleship Coaching – Forgiveness.