Self-centered, arrogant, rude, lazy, selfish . . . just a few of the things on a list of negative character traits.
What is Strong Character?
The word character comes from the Greek word “χαρακτήρα”, and is defined as:
1. The mental and moral qualities which identify a person.
2. The behaviors which identify a person.
Some synonyms for “character” are – personality, temperament, reputation, and integrity.
I believe character goes deeper than personality, temperament, reputation, or integrity because each of those things are only the outward representation of a person’s character.
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Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” He said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. Mark 7:14–15
A person with a strong character lives true to their beliefs, takes full responsibility for their choices, and treats others with respect and dignity.
It might be important to add here that this applies to strong good character.
The United States Department of Education posted the following:
Who Needs Strong Character?
Strong character is the foundation of trust. It makes it possible for us to believe each other and is necessary for individual success and for people to thrive as a community.
Parents need strong character to guide their children.
Children need to learn and develop strong character.
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11
Employers need strong character to be successful.
And benefit by hiring individuals with strong character.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
Every relationship benefits from strong character.
“Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Why You Need Strong Character
1. To be your authentic self.
2. To have stronger relationships.
3. To optimize your abilities.
4. To enjoy greater peace and contentment.
5. To be courageous.
6. To live your God-given purpose.
So you want strong character. You want the people in your life to have strong character.
But how? Strong character doesn’t happen by accident.
It develops and grows, is grounded in core beliefs, and most importantly it’s established through knowing the character of the One in whom you believe.
God’s character is perfect and unchanging. He showed us His character in and through Jesus, the Word made Flesh, and it is through faith in Jesus that we grow to have the kind of character God desires.
For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:10–11
Please join me this week as I look at God’s character and how we can grow the kind of character He wants. We’ll look at quotes and ways we can develop good character traits in ourselves and in our children.