Monday, July 30, 2012

11th C of Character

 

Circumspect

  • Examine every angle and degree of every action.
  • To be wise, you must be circumspect (Ephesians 5:15).
  • Godly men do not judge by appearance (John 7:24).
  • Exhaustively consider a thing before doing it.
  • Think others are too slow? You are too hasty.
  • Part of circumspect is a multitude of counselors.
  • Do you have a good feeling, or a good business plan?
  • Do you see consequences removed and distant?
  • Do you see effects on others and their plans?
  • How to be circumspect? Slow down, be critical, be exhaustive.

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,”

Ephesians 5:15

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

John 7:24

Thursday, July 26, 2012

10th C of Character!

 

Condescending

No… Not looking down your nose upon others… Getting down… Being humble :)

  • Getting down to properly learn and help others.
  • God’s definition is opposite the world (Romans 12:16).
  • No one in the church is too low for you to stoop.
  • From children to the aged, we should serve all.
  • If you want God to descend to you, then do it!
  • Get off your high horse and get down to others.
  • There are only brethren in our Lord’s kingdom.
  • Are children afraid of you, or happy to see you?
  • Jesus severely warned about offending children.
  • What does I Corinthians 1 and James 2 say about poor?
  • What are halt, lame, and blind for? (Luke 14:12-14).
  • Job was noted in the Bible for it (Job 31:13-15).
  • Paul was made all things for all men to save.
  • Paul would sacrifice any liberty for any man.
  • Are you willing to do anything for just one soul?

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

Romans 12:16

“Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”

Luke 14:12-14

“If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?”

Job 31:13-15

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

9th C of Character

 

Compassionate

• Affectionate benevolence to an afflicted person.
• Empathetic sympathy for others in any distress.
• This has nothing to do with you … but others.
• Who and whom in Nain fit the matter (Luke 7:11-13)?
• Do you grasp, "As bound with them," in (Hebrews 13:3)?
• Do you have bowels of mercy for those suffering?
• When in authority, do you love to forgive others?
• Can you overlook faults, knowing others' frame?
• Think … others have lives … greater than yours!
• Stop thinking and talking about yourself … now!

“And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.”

Luke 17:11-13

“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

Hebrews 13:3

8th C of Character

 

Considerate

• Thinking about others to be helpful and kind.
• We are bound to consider one another (He 10:24).
• We are to be kindly affectioned also (Rom 12:10).
• When it is good to say, "Thank you," then do it!
• When you can offer to help another, then do it!
• Recall, "Keepers of the Kingdom," means you.
• Consider what goes into large church events.
• Consider who might be fearful, nervous, worried.
• How many of recent visitors did you greet?
• What have you done recently to thank parents?

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”

Hebrews 10:24

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

Romans 12:10

Thursday, July 19, 2012

7th C of Character

 

Conscious

• Well aware of what you are doing and its effects.
• This is not a medical definition for being awake.
• Some talk and act like their mind is far, far away.
• Awareness to others and your effect is crucial.
• Offence caused by insensitivity can be avoided.
• Some parents cannot hear their own children.
• Sarcastic souls can leave others bleeding.
• Conscious of announcements, or just careless?
• Going through the motions or pacing is not good.
• Do not just let life happen … take it by the horns.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

6th C of Character

 

Conviction

• Sense of guilt or shame calling for reformation.
• Some men are past feeling … past conviction.
• If not acted on, conviction will be less and less.
• No preaching or wisdom can then reach you.
• Pray for it … appreciate it … and run with it.
• It is the motive of heaven for doing things right.
• It remembers David, "Is there not a cause?"
• It takes all preaching to heart … not to neighbor.
• It looks to learn publicly or privately to improve.
• What are you going to do about your character?

“And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”
I Samuel 17:29

“The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

Proverbs 15:29

Sunday, July 15, 2012

5th C of Character

 

Conscientious

• Sober and serious attitude and approach to life.
• Living by a conscience sensitive and heeded.
• What kept Joseph the most from Mrs. Potiphar?
• How did David treat flocks and men of Nabal?
• How attentive are you to the details of a project?
• If you ignore your conscience, it will go away!
• Men love those who treat their things as their own.
• Always clean up jobs? Always roast hunt game?
• Do you communicate, clarify, and follow up?
• Follow instructions, or your own ideas instead?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

1 Peter 5:8

“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”

Proverbs 12:27

Friday, July 13, 2012

4th C of Character!

 

~Cynical

(Don’t be confused… : ) )

• Prudent pessimism to believe nothing without proof.
• Prudence is to thoroughly grasp what is at hand.
• Only simple men believe everything (Proverbs 14:15).
• This certainly applies to "insider" information.
• There is more "information" than ever before.
• Bereans were noble for checking Paul (Acts 17:11).
• Prove all things; hold fast the good (I Thessalonians 5:21).
• We receive Bible preaching with a ready mind.
• Things that sound too good to be true … are not!
• Wisdom is able to recognize fools and scams.

“The simple believeth every word: But the prudentman looketh well to his going.”

Proverbs 14:15

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

Acts 17:11

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Thursday, July 12, 2012

3rd C of Character!

 

~Credit Worthy

• Financially prudent to earn others' money trust.
• Worthy of receiving loans by certain repayment.
• Employers now check credit for your character.
• Masters love a man they can trust with the safe.
• Who made another's flock whole for any losses?
• Your ability to advance very far in life requires it.
• Faithfulness in little things brings more trust.
• Trust with others' money is a goal and flattery.
• You earn this privilege by money temperance.
• Provide things honest and make everyone whole.

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

2nd C of Character

 

Competent

  • Knowledgeable and skilled at a trade or duty.
  • Wise men know if they are competent or not.
  • Wise men are reticent if they are not competent.
  • Wise men know it takes work to be competent.
  • Restrain yourself unless very competent to talk.
  • A transferable skill falls into this character trait.
  • Paul the scholar was good at sewing (Acts 18:3).
  • Do not volunteer for things you do not fully grasp.
  • You cannot beat a man at his trade. Believe it!
  • Think Joseph and Daniel, examples of this trait.
 
“And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.”

Acts 18:3

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

1st C of Character!


Cautious:
  •  Careful and slow to weigh risks / contingencies.
  • Prudent men foresee evil and hide (Pr 22:3; 27:12).
  • They also look well to their going (Pr 14:15).
  • It is true … it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Haste makes waste … wise men are not hasty.
  •  An ounce of prevention = a pound of cure. True!
  • Faithful men are more like tortoises than hares!
  • He that hasteth with his feet sinneth (Pr 19:2).
  • What trait gives more hope to a fool (Pr 29:20)?
  • Haste exalts folly and brings want (Pr 14:29; 21:5).

"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: But the simple pass on, and are punished."
Proverbs 22:3

"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and are punished."
Proverbs 27:12

"The simple believeth every word: But the prudent man looketh well to his going."
Proverbs 14:15

"Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; And he that hasteth with his feet sinneth."
Proverbs19:2

"Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him."
Proverbs 29:20

"He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly."
Proverbs14:29

"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; But of every one that is hasty only to want."
Proverbs 21:5

24 C's of Character in 24 Posts!

This is a Godly Character Traits study that my father is teaching our church body right now... To reinforce it in my mind, and also with the hope of encouraging others, I have decided to do a post per character trait! We are doing theses in 6 character traits a meeting portions, but I thought breaking that down to 1 per post might help me to focus on each and every individual trait...
Here it goes!...


Introduction:


What Is Character?


  • The traits that define or describe a person.
  • What you are other than biological factors.
  • The conduct that makes up your reputation.
  • The code of conduct that rules most actions.
  • The discipline and defaults for what you do.


How Is It Measured?



  • Your family does not count – they are biased.
  • But God's judgment is perfect – and in writing!
  • And other good men count – they tell the truth.
  • Also by fruit, friends, results, position, or praise.
  • We measure prospective spouses by a chart. (Rate a Date: Women & Rate a Date: Men)


How Does It Affect Me?


  • Men count on character for jobs and businesses.
  • Friends seek character for pleasure and safety.
  • Marriage, young person, depends greatly on it.
  • Any testimony for Jesus or truth depends on it.
  • Safety, peace, joy, and prosperity depend on it.



Is It Important?

  • The concept, but not the word, is in the Bible.
  • A good name is put above wealth (Prov 22:1).
  • God saved you to be like His Son (Rom 8:29).
  • Offence is against your calling (I Cor 10:31-33).
  • A good one glorifies God and defends the truth.



It Has Competitors


  • The world wants you to worry about your IQ.
  • Or how well you do in sports. Can you believe it?
  • Or how well you do in business.
  • Or whether you are attractive or not.
  • Or how popular you are with worldlings.



You Can Change It


  • Your goal and plan should be to improve it.
  • To grow … in favor with God and man.
  • To grow … in grace and the knowledge of Christ.
  • To increase … more and more as Paul wrote.
  • To perfect … that which is lacking in your life.



Hear God's Word


"The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net."
Micah 7:2


"Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"
Proverbs 20:6


"He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me."
Psalm 18:19

Men with godly Character:
Noah:
"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
Genesis 6:9

Job
"And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"
Job 1:8

Samuel
"And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men."
I Samuel 2:26

David
"Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by."
I Samuel 18:30

Timothy
"Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium."
Acts 16:2

Areas of Character

• Spiritual • Marital • Relational • Parental • Professional • Financial • Personal • Physical • National • Social

Learning Character


  • The subject is very broad and beyond one study.
  • Everything you think, say, or do is your character.
  • You should think about it always and everywhere.
  • As men, as pastor, we must remind one another.
  • For a reminder, here are the "C's" of character.


Now Let's Get Started!!!

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