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Character Traits

Character Traits are the very fabric of who we are. They make up what is in our hearts, and what we give to the world.

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What are character traits?

Characters are found in:

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Character traits are found in everyone.

These traits can be defined by the way you

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act

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react

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connect

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It is through traits like self-control, strength and determination that we can overcome challenges and it is through traits like kindness, discipleship and respect that we can show love. God doesn’t judge us by our appearance but by the content of our character and what is inside our hearts.

So…Why Should We Learn About Character Traits?

The answer is: character traits make up who we are as an individual, who we are in our heart, what we value, and what we give to the world. We cannot enact or take on these character traits unless we know about them. God has given us the gift of life and the ability to see the goodness we are capable of through his word and his works. Building good character traits are fundamental to living a fulfilling life, a life God wants for us.

Character traits can be positive, but they can also be negative – and every experience we have can impact our character traits.

God gives us opportunities to grow and learn. If we let God into our hearts through faith and trust in him. He will give us strength, courage and contentment.

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What God's word says about character traits

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As Christians we should expect to see the fruits of the spirit

Galatians 5:22-23

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God looks not at the outward appearance but to the heart

1 Samuel 16:7

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We should glory in hardship knowing that they build/strengthen our spirit

Romans 5:3

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We can do all things through Christ

Philippians 4:13

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Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

 

What It Means

Paul describes what believers in Christ should expect to see blooming in their lives when they let the Holy Spirit lead them. ‘The fruit of the spirit,’ as Paul describes it, refers to a single piece of fruit with nine different characteristics or character traits. We, believers, should expect to see these characteristics show up together, in no particular order, as we give God’s Spirit control.

Love: refers to a self-less love, a love for others before ourselves. An unconditional love with no expectation for a return.

Joy and peace: refers to an inner confidence or contentedness that allows us to declare to our soul that all is well with us, because our place is with Christ. It is about trusting in God and not on our circumstances.

Longsuffering/patience: refers to the ability, in the spirit, to wait on God’s perfect timing even when what we plan might not be coming to fruition – not everything works-out when we want it to. This patience also includes how we respond to circumstances.

Goodness: refers to the ability to do the right thing in every circumstance.

Faithfulness: refers to an endurance, driven by trust for what God is doing, even when we don’t fully understand it.

Meekness/humble, righteousness/ kindness: refers to a gentleness of the spirit and our ability to see ourselves as we are, while also being in-control of our words and actions, not just those who are kind back to us but also those who wrong us.

Temperance/self-control: refers to an inner/spiritual strength that allows us to make the best choices and not fall pray to whims, desires and the enemy.

Let's look at a story in the Bible

The Parable of the Farmer and the Seeds

Found in Luke 8: 4-15, Matthew 13: 1-9, and Mark 4: 1-20

The story teaches us that our belief in God, and the changing of our hearts, cannot be forced upon us by others. An evangelist cannot force spiritual life or growth on others.

God uses his word and our good works to help people come to faith. We can and should sow seeds, but inevitably the resulting harvest is up to the LORD.

This is the same for good character traits: we can discuss them and make ourselves and others aware of them, but inevitably, God will soften and teach the heart to act upon them. So listen to your heart and to the Holy Spirit (God). Pray to God often and live in gratitude and love.

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