Character edited pp13 971 241213


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Character edited pp13 971 241213

  1. 1. No: PP13/971 CHARACTER
  2. 2. Philippians 4:8 & 9  Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
  3. 3. They said…  Dr Bob Jones said…  “Reputation is what men think you are; Character is what God KNOWS you are.”  Dr Donald Howard said…  Character is that quality of life that stretches for maturity in all areas”
  4. 4. Where it doesn’t exist you have         Quitters Crisis of leadership People who don’t turn up for work Inferior goods and services Lateness and sloppiness Excuses, not action Wrong compromises People not where they should be
  5. 5. Talent / Gifting V Character     Talent / gifting is always a solo it often flees character Talent / gifting commands admiration Character commands respect Talent / gifting is a product of brainpower  Character is a product of heartpower  Talent/ gifting is often admired  Character should be followed and trusted
  6. 6. HOW DO YOU GET CHARACTER Well.. it actually it takes church / follows of the way to do it:  Hear God  Love God with all you heart – central  Love God with all your personality  Love God with all your body = habits and actions
  7. 7. To move to character maturity We need to: Have the good right things of Philippians in our THOUGHTS – all action starts there Have it in our CONVERSATION – you can tell what is important to people by what they talk about Character says ‘these are my duties, there are obligations and I will fulfil them
  8. 8. When Our minds are renewed when you  Think about good things  Put on the mind of Christ  Are simple in your knowledge of evil Then with a renewed mind  Habits change  Actions become that of people with Character
  9. 9. What is it?         It is the quality of your life It is ultimately sewn into every fibre of the mind and soul / personality It is in your tastes It is in your desires It is in your affinity It is in the mind It is in your HABITS It is in your actions and more importantly your REACTIONS It is the innate quality which ultimately is sewn into every fibre of the above list during physical, mental and spiritual maturation.
  10. 10. Character is experience in every temptation, active in every thought, effectual in every attitude, present in every decision, behind every action. : We talk about:  Good Character – God’s Value system  Bad Character – decidedly contrary to God’s value system  Weak Character – easily swayed; blown about by every wind of change  No Character – usually weak, indecisive, having no challenge or values
  11. 11. Character is  The sub-conscious of doing right. When you do right so long you do it sub-consciously, when the reflexes take over the doing of right and you by reflex do something that is right, then you have Character.
  12. 12. Martin Luther said…  The prosperity of a country depends not on the abundance of its revenue, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings but it consists of the number of its cultivated citizens, its people of character, here are to be found its true interests, its chief strengths and its real power!
  13. 13. We need  Character  Integrity  Purity  The foundation for everything good is Character
  14. 14. CHARACTER                 Wears the best and last the longest Is moved BY affection and NOT FOR affection Keeps the palm down in giving and not the palm up in receiving Steers its own destiny Has truth as its goddess Pain as it friend Work as it kin Duty as it spouse Obstacles as its opportunities Gratitude towards ancestors – ‘I receive from those before’ Obligations towards posterity – ‘I will give to those who follow’ It prolongs your life after you have gone It uses tombstones as lecterns It uses the same material to build palaces that others use for rubbish No task is too trivial No trifle is ignored
  15. 15. Others V Character While others say ‘I will’  Character says ‘I am’  While others say ‘I can’  Character says ‘I did’  While others may seek honour  Character is its own honour and reward Emerson said: “people of character are the conscience of the society to which they belong.” 
  16. 16. Without Character  Without character there is little sense of responsibility and no capability to manage liberty!
  17. 17. Adrian L Hawkes Ref 454 / 519. 1985/88/89/ 1 to 9 th 10. = 29 June 2006 Edited 24.12.13