Starkville Daily News - - STARKVILLE AND MSU PARTNER TO ‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE’ - By Gary Andrews gary@gade­vo­tion­

Eleanor Roo­sevelt once said, “Peo­ple grow through ex­pe­ri­ence if they meet life hon­estly and coura­geously. This is how char­ac­ter is built.”

Web­ster’s Dic­tio­nary de­scribes char­ac­ter as a dis­tinc­tive trait, qual­ity, or at­tribute; the pat­tern of be­hav­ior or per­son­al­ity found in an in­di­vid­ual or group; mo­ral con­sti­tu­tion; mo­ral strength; self-dis­ci­pline, for­ti­tude; rep­u­ta­tion, a state­ment about the be­hav­ior, qual­i­ties, etc. of a per­son.

The Psalmist says in Psalm 106:3, “Blessed are they who main­tain jus­tice, who con­stantly do what is right.”

Do peo­ple say you are a per­son of good char­ac­ter?

Char­ac­ter is not some­thing given to any­one but a trait that has to be earned by be­liev­ing in your­self and do­ing what is right. Char­ac­ter comes in two dif­fer­ent fla­vors, one be­ing good and the other be­ing bad.

Char­ac­ter is talked about all through the pages of the Bible. We see that the Lord has de­vel­oped in­di­vid­u­als and kings with bad char­ac­ter and the re­sults of their liv­ing is brought down and de­feated by the Holy God.

In the book of Job, Satan is roam­ing about the earth want­ing to test the Lord and God tells him in Job 1:8: “Have you con­sid­ered my ser­vant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blame­less and up­right, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

As we read the book of Job we find that Job did not give in to the temp­ta­tion of Satan even though he was stripped of his fam­ily and wealth. Job held strong to his char­ac­ter and be­lief in God.

In to­day’s so­ci­ety so many of us give in to the temp­ta­tion of the world or Satan, and find our­selves strug­gling be­cause we have jeop­ar­dized our char­ac­ter and be­lief. We even find peo­ple in the pul­pits of our churches who are com­pro­mis­ing God’s Holy places with the works of Satan and his dis­ci­ples.

The Apos­tle Paul told the church at Corinth, “Do not be mis­led; bad com­pany cor­rupts good char­ac­ter.” (1 Corinthi­ans 15:33).

Your char­ac­ter is you. It is how you are go­ing to be known to your fam­ily, friends, and peers. We are to pat­tern our­selves af­ter the Lord Je­sus Christ and know that af­ter this short life on earth we will spend an eter­nity with Him.

Prayer: Lord Je­sus, thank you for your ex­am­ple and lead me in the way that I can dis­play char­ac­ter rep­re­sent­ing you. Amen.

(Sug­gested daily Bible read­ings: Sun­day - Eph­e­sians 5:1-7; Mon­day - Ro­mans 5: 1-5; Tues­day - Ge­n­e­sis 6:9; Wed­nes­day Proverbs 27:17-20; Thurs­day - Ezekiel 18:59; Fri­day - Matthew 7:15-23; Satur­day Luke 11:37-44.) A082-10

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