Godly character is built over time through trials, testing, suffering and tribulation. We know that we have hope that is built on Christ, and that through the seasons, these trials really test our patience. We know that we’ll come through the other side victorious and more Christ-like after passing our character training. Going through character training is not easy, but it has to be proven through different examinations of the faith.
“And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” (Romans 5:4)
“He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.” (Psalm 15:2)
What is integrity? The definition is:
in·teg·ri·ty: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles…” Another definition is: ”…the state of being whole and undivided.” unity, unification, coherence, cohesion, togetherness, solidarity.”
“The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” (Proverbs 11:3)
The Bible tells us that trials and tough times are what bring about perseverance, endurance and character. The end result of going through exams, like in school, is a maturing of the next level in your faith walk. It’s just like when we’re taught and tested and go from one grade level to the next, we see the growth taking place and the good that comes out of the difficulty. Have you ever had a hard class that you just thought you could never pass? Finally, when the school semester is over, you begin to see that you’ve actually gained a lot of knowledge and experience, even in the midst of a challenge.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
If God wants us to grow in Him, of course it will not be easy, but it will be rewarding. Having character and integrity is doing the right thing, even when it doesn’t feel good. We must take up our cross daily and walk with the Lord in the mountains and valleys, even if it’s not what we want to do. What we want is different from what we need. God our Father knows what we need best, so just trust in Him.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Do you want to be a woman of noble character like the Proverbs 31 woman? Being a woman of faith takes a lot of time, pruning, blossoming, stretching and grooming. Spiritual maturity and holiness don’t come overnight. We must aim for a purity of heart and holiness (not that we can attain it on our own merit), but we must bear good fruit of Christ.
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