I find out that the definition of character is who you are when no one else is around. The wholeness of a person. In this Psalm David was concerned about the questions asked and answered in this Psalm.
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
3 who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4 in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the Lord;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
David lays out eight core values of a person of character.
- “Works righteousness” (v. 2); those who are in Christ does the right thing, that is, “God’s thing,” no matter how great the cost.
- “Walks uprightly” (v. 2); we deal with personal mistakes with integrity. A person of integrity admits mistakes and makes corrections and restitutions.
- “Speaks truth in his heart” (v. 2) ;a person of character delights in honesty, guards the honesty of his heart, and takes delight in what is honest, and genuine.
- “does not backbite with his tongue” (v. 3); person of character uses disciplined words and does not slander. Speak truth, bring life, strength, and joy to others by their words.
- “Honors those who fear the Lord” (v. 4) ; defend others who are righteous, whether a friend or not, a person of character comes to their aid, regardless of the cost.
- “Swears to his own hurt and does not change” (v. 4); when we say “yes” we mean “yes,” and when we say “no,” we mean “no.”
- “Does not put money at usury” (v.5 ); usury means charging people interest on money loaned. We don’t use money to get ahead or to gain at the expense of others. We understand what we have is a gift of God and needs to be used to accomplish God’s purposes.
- Does not “take a bribe against the innocent” (v. 5); don’t use people to meet emotional, physical, or financial needs. A person of character treats everyone as the sons and daughters of God.
Let’s face it, we are all human, we are all flesh and with that being said we all have and will make mistakes in our life. Even the Bible clearly says that we are not perfect. “For we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory” . With that being said that doesn’t give us a license to sin. My point today is how to achieve and maintain Godly character, the person who we really are even behind closed doors when no one is looking. Are we fake, or genuine?
Meanings of Character
1. The way someone thinks, feels and behaves.
2. One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual.
3. A set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or things.
The moment we said yes to Jesus, all of our past was erased, washed away by His blood! We are saved, sanctified, redeemed in the blood of Jesus! We are set apart from this World, Don’t act like it live it!
1. Achieving Godly Character
Character cannot be bought, produced by man or having good moral qualities. It is fabricated from the heart of God.
“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” – Charles Spurgeon
Are you best known by being a Godly person who shows the compassion and love of Christ no matter what circumstance you’re in? Or is it just on Sunday’s? Charles says it best when he puts ” A good character is the best tombstone.” Meaning that Godly character is solid, it’s a foundation in which a person builds on. “Carve your name on hearts…” I believe as Christians as we continue our walk with God, Godly character will be worked into our personality, and before you know it, you will do something that shows the love of God without even knowing it, without wanting your own praise or acknowledgment!
2. Maintaining Godly Character
Our actions do speak louder than words. And that’s why it is important to maintain Godly character, but how?
As I ask my junior high-class, who is your focus, who are you pursuing? The same question I ask to you.
Ephesians 2:10 ” For we are his workmanship, created in Jesus Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
If we have our focus on Jesus, and to do His will we can and will maintain Godly character.
1 Kings 9:4 God instructs Solomon to walk with “integrity of heart and uprightness” as his father did. David says in 1 Chronicles 29:17, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.”
Is God pleased with your character?