Character Matters!

In a dysfunctional world – a world awash in duplicity, Christian Character never mattered more. While the generations are being shaped in the mold of moral chaos and uncertainty, the body of Christ must step up its game – “…until Christ be formed in us!”

“My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ be formed in you, …” Galatians 4:19-20.
Greek word Formed, Morphoo #3445
To form. Schema and Morphoo are in bold contradistinction. Schema (English “Scheme”)  signifies external form or outer appearance. Morphoo and Morphe, its related noun, refer to internal reality. Gal. 4:19 speaks of a change in character, in actuality, not merely in semblance.

Character is your response for God’s love to you, working in and through you! Real, authentic Christian character is formed when you surrender to Christ and allow His piercing work to grow and enrich you, so that the Person of the Holy Spirit flows.

Building and developing character is not something we just learn from a book or hear from a sermon. It does not come upon us in the night, or sneak up in the day. It does not come automatically, accentually, or suddenly. It is a process that comes from being parented in it.

Then it rests in us and in our motives. It is a s l o w process. You may not realize you have it until others point it out in you. Character is not permanent once it is formed. It requires our continual hold and practice, in His Word, through our prayers and practice of His Fruit in and through us.

Our spiritual discipline, motives, obedience, and persevering faith will be the keys! All it takes is to be in love with Christ. Seek His presence and be persistent in your prayers.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 21:10:54

    I really like your new focus, Manny. You are good at these word studies.

    This is a great desciption of character – its origins and processes. As I am getting older, I am being morphed. Praise be to God.

    God’s blessings…

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