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Friday, January 11, 2013

Character Matters, and Love is First

By Jorge Royan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsMy pursuit of character is simple: embrace the nine “fruit of the Spirit” listed in Galatians 5 and receive all of the character of Jesus.
 
I submit to you that there is no goal higher, no dream loftier, than to be connected with Jesus and to work with Him on building the character that He created you to have. All of your activity and mission will flow out of who you are.




Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Life: What's My Spiritual Center?

Character Matters, and Love is First


By Evan Nehring


A lifetime of being changed daily to have the heart and hands of my humble king. (my core value of character)
 
Can you see character in someone's eyes? I think you can. The eyes are the gateway to the soul. My heart sinks when I see a young man or woman pull up to a stoplight beside me with profanity blaring on the stereo and a dead spirit glancing over through their eyes.
 
But then my day was made this week when I kind soul looked over in the cafeteria line and offered to pay for my lunch when I didn't think I had enough.
 
Character.
 
My pursuit of character is simple: embrace the nine “fruit of the Spirit” listed in Galatians 5 and receive all of the character of Jesus.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV 1984)
I submit to you that there is no goal higher, no dream loftier, than to be connected with Jesus and to work with Him on building the character that He created you to have. All of your activity and mission will flow out of who you are.
 
By Jorge Royan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
 
 

Pursuing Love

Robin Williams challenged his students in Dead Poets Society with these words: "Medicine, law, finance: all of these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life; but love, love is what we live for."
 
C.S. Lewis - The Four Loves
 
Agape love goes beyond the other three. It means caring for someone in such a way that you would live or die for their well-being. It’s soft and strong all at once. It’s unyielding as the grave.
For God so [agape] loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV 1984)
 

What we worship, we will become.

Jesus’ whole life on earth was an expression of his love for us and for the Father. He was consumed with people. He poured his life out to help anyone he could. He stayed closely connected with the Father and the goodness of heaven flowed through him to the people he would meet. He set a new standard by far: the “love your enemies” standard.
You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… (Matthew 5:43-44, NIV 1984)
 
Humanity has never had a greater friend! Character starts here: will we also devote ourselves to love?

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