Character is the commitment to do what is “right” as God defines “right” regardless of the cost. We live in a world where accomplishment and achievement are prized and often held in higher regard than character. When accomplishment is top gear, a new societal ethic surfaces–one in which “right” is defined by advancement and progress. “Right” becomes whatever a person needs to do to get ahead. However, just because culture has rewritten the rules, doesn’t mean God has!

 

Scriptures

Colossians 2:8; Proverbs 11:1-3; Psalm 139:23-24

 

Verse

Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world’s way of doing things rather than following Christ.  Colossians 2:8

 

Thought

We want everyone we live with, work with, and do business with to have character. We value and expect it, and are often disappointed when people we love exhibit some sort of slippage in character. But when it comes to our own life we sometimes justify our less than peak performance.

 

Questions

Are you honest in all of your dealings? Do you define “right” by God’s definition or has the world misled you into a philosophy that is not true? Would your friends and family members describe you as a person of integrity?

 

Response

Examine your life. Look closely at your work ethics and your relational ethics. Ask God to point out areas of your life where you are not performing in top gear as far as your character is concerned.

 

Prayer

Search me, God, and know my heart. Point out anything in me that offends you. Give me the wisdom to know what is right and the courage to do what is right, no matter the cost, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.