Wednesday, January 21, 2009

~~Personality Traits to Enhance Your Christian Life~~

Happened to read this in The Shepherd's Guide booklet. Father, I pray that You continue grant me an open, sensitive and humble heart to learn and walk side by side with You. Let Your word sink into my spirit and soul. Those have ears, may You open up their ears to listen; those have eyes, may You allow them to see You.

1. Compassion - the feeling for another's needs that leads to helping that one without expecting anything in return.
Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

2. Courage - the strength from God that enables you to endure any trial or danger.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

3. Forgiveness - the ability to overlook another's weaknesses or mistakes by expressing Christ's love.
Colossians 3:13 - Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

4. Honesty - being free of deceit and fraud, having the quality of being honorable and upright in character and actions.
2 Corinthians 8:21 - For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.

5. Obedience - submission to God and to those whom He puts in authority over you.
1 Samuel 15:22 - But Samuel replied: " Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. "

6. Patience - the ability to accept and remain calm in difficult situations.
Colossians 1:11 - being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

7. Self-control - bringing your body under subjection through instant obedience to the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 25:28 - Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.

8. Tolerance - acceptance of other people and their beliefs and actions even when you do not agree with them.
Romans 14:13 - Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.

9. Purity - keeping yourself uncontaminated from the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

10. Consistence - not wavering but remaining the same, no matter what the circumstances.
1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

11. Convictions - the developing of firm beliefs, based on Bible principles, which will not change no matter what the circumstances.
Titus 2:12 - It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

12. Responsibility - the reliability or trustworthiness to do what is expected of you.
Romans 14:12 - So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

13. Reverence - a feeling of deep respect, love, honor, and esteem.
Psalm 89:7 - In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.

14. Humility - being meek, modest in spirit, without wrongful pride in yourself or your accomplishments, giving God credit for your achievements.
1 Peter 5:5,6 - Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, " God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. " 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

15. Dependability - being reliable and trustworthy to do what you say you will do.
Luke 14:27 - And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

16. Determination - firm decision not to quit but to go on, regardless of opposition.
Luke 9:62 - Jesus replied, " No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. "

17. Doing Your Best - putting your whole mind, body, and soul into a task required of you.
Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

18. Manners - ways of behaving which depict Christian character in your life.
1 Peter 3:8 - Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

19. Initiative - readiness and ability to start a course of action, a quality of being a leader.
Ephesians 5:15, 16 - Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

Honestly, I can't fulfill any of the above. Thank God that even though we are not perfect and sometimes it is best described as wretch, He is forever perfect. We are made holy because He is holy. With the help of the Holy Spirit everything is possible in due time. He is an able God. Let's continue to run the race with confidence for God is with us. Immanuel. Amen.

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