Christian Character

The Bible says that persevering in a Christ-like attitude leads to a Christ-like character. It's not "fake it 'til you make it" — it's a deep change that drives a godly attitude.

Day One: Character
Character is defined as strength of moral fiber. A.W. Tozer described character as "the excellence of moral beings." As the excellence of gold is its purity and the excellence of art is its beauty, so the excellence of man is his character...
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For more, see "The Character of Freedom"

Day Two: Honor
As a noun, honor in the Bible means "esteem, value, or great respect." To honor someone is to value him highly or bestow value upon him. The Bible exhorts us to express honor and esteem toward certain people: our parents, the aged, and those in authority...
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For more, see "Mark 10 and the World Turned Upside-Down"

Day Three: Integrity
The dictionary defines integrity as "a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values, or incorruptibility; incapable of being bribed or morally corrupted." In the Bible, the Hebrew word translated "integrity" in the Old Testament means "the condition of being without blemish"...
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For more, see "Watching the Mighty Fall"

Day Four: Personal Responsibility
Part of growing up is taking responsibility for oneself. We start as infants with no personal responsibility whatsoever — everything that we need done is done for us. As we progress through the various stages of childhood, we take on more and more responsibility...
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For more, see "Responsibilities and Circumstances"

Day Five: Selflessness
The characteristic of being selfless is one of the most important traits any Christian can have. It's so significant that Jesus said it is the second most important of all God's commandments: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself"...
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Day Six: Self-Discipline
Self-discipline is essentially the same as self-control, one of the nine fruits of the Spirit listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. The KJV translation uses the word temperance in place of "self-control" which, like self-discipline, generally refers to our ability to control or restrain ourselves from all kinds of feelings, impulses, and desires...
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For more, see "Deny Yourself"

Day Seven: Piety
The term piety usually refers to godliness or reverence for God. A person who shows great devotion to God through religious observance is said to be "pious"...
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Published 4-20-16