Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV
How many of your character traits do you need to discard? How were your character traits formed? Although genetics has its place in who we are, the environment we are exposed to is largely responsible for our character.
There are certain professions that impact your personal life such as healthcare, law enforcement, military, national security, etc. The successful training and remolding of the individual’s mindset and lifestyle qualify them to commit to the standards of said professions. Or, perhaps you were part of a rigid, authoritarian upbringing where extreme structure and discipline abounded, and logic was not balanced with love. Another scenario is that the lack of structure, and discipline or refusal to abide by rules, produced disorderly and disruptive character traits.
There is a drawback to possessing character traits that are in conflict with the Word of God; you are willfully committing sin against God and subjecting others–families and friends to wayward and ungodly traits. We are not helpless in changing the traits that are displeasing to God; in fact, we should not allow environmental influence or career training to override the character that God requires us to possess.
By studying the Word of God, I am learning that Galatians 5:22,23 and Ephesians 4:32 are the expectations that God has for me as a Christian (Christ-like).
Does your character align with God’s requirements? If not, pray and discard the misaligned habits and traits like you would throw away filthy rags.
Bible Reading: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for character traits that are displeasing in your sight: yet, we continue to hold on to them like precious gold. It is our desire to possess the Fruit of the Spirit, to have unconditional love, and forgiveness, no matter the circumstances that we experience. Thank you for your Holy Word that we are able to study, and gain knowledge of who you are and the expectations for our lives. Please give us the humility to recognize the traits that we need to throw away, the strength to change, and the desire to do your will. These blessings we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019