Article of the Month

August 2009

Why Does Character Matter?

 

Christians have been told all kinds of things about their behavior—mostly DON’T DO these things; sometimes BE SURE TO DO these things.  The reason has usually been disastrously and flagrantly wrong!  It is usually:  “If you do or don’t, you’ll go to hell.”  Those who are “good,” only because they are afraid of the consequences of not being good, have no character; and if there were a hell of torment (which there isn’t), they would be the perfect candidates to go there because they are fearful and unprincipled.  So, why do sincere Christians want to develop their characters?
 

SAINTS WILL BE JUDGES


The Apostle Paul clearly states one of the reasons for sincere Christians to develop impeccable characters.  He says, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?”  He adds:  “Know ye not that we shall judge angels?”  (I Corinthians 6:2, 3)  With this commission ahead for the saints, it seems obvious why they MUST have exemplary characters.  If God is going to trust them to execute HIS judgments toward men and angels, what kind of reflection would it be on HIM if they had flawed characters?

 

IMMORTALITY NECESSITATES

FLAWLESS CHARACTER


While restored mankind will enjoy life EVERLASTING, they will not be “immortal.”  Immortality is self-contained, indestructible life.  God first gave this quality to Jesus.  (John 5:26)  He intends to give it also to the Church.  (I Corinthians 15:53, 54; II Timothy 1:10)  Thus Jesus and his faithful disciples can justly serve as kings and priests over the earth (Revelation 5:10) with all the inherent power of life within themselves.  Because the saints, like God, will be indestructible, it is easy to see why God MUST INSIST on perfection of character-intent before rewarding these disciples with this very “crown” of life.  (Revelation 2:10)  It is little wonder that God has taken two thousand years to find this very limited number—an average of about seventy-two per year!  (Revelation 14:1)

 

THE BEST REASON FOR CHARACTER

 

Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:36-38 give the very best reason and motive and desire for the true Christian to develop his character with zeal and with care:

“Thou shalt love the LORD thy God

with all thine heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy might (mind).”


When we truly adore and love (and in this case) worship someone, we have four basic things that happen to us:

(1)   We want to know all about Him.

(2)   We always want to talk about Him.

(3)   We want to love what He loves.

(4)   We want to reflect Him—

                  to be like Him.


Thus these items become the foundations of true Christian character growth.  We study to know our God and His ways and His will.  We can’t help but tell others what we are learning.  We begin to love everything He loves and to hate everything He hates.  And, finally, because of these things, we begin to look like Him!—to reflect His character This is what He wants; and this is why character matters.
 

 

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