How to develop godly Character
Luke 6:43 – For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
Friend, thoughts are things and character development begins with thoughts. A wise man said ’the greatest battle does not take place on the land, or on the sea, or in the air, it takes place in the mind.’ To develop a godly character we must first furnish our minds with God’s Word on the subject. The psalmist says in Psalm 119:9 – ‘How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to your Word.’ He also says ‘Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against you’. So the Word of God is the primary ingredient for building a godly character. The Bible contains instructions and guidance on godly living.
Jesus says, ‘search the Scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me’. John 5:39. It is not enough to know that the Word of God contains God’s thoughts.’ We must find and search out what it actually says and how we ought to act it out. Jesus says ‘happy shall ye be when you do these things.’ After finding out what the Word says we need to then do it. It is not enough to know and find what God’s Word says, we have to act on it for it to materialise. God’s Word is not theory, it is practical. It is living and meant to be lived out to enjoy its true benefits.
The Word of God must be acted on consistently and not be used as a formula. Consistency is key to developing godly habits. We have to decide to act on it daily and not occasionally. Remember champions are not born they are made daily. Your routine defines you.
Use God’s words as the basis for forming your thoughts, then God’s Word become your words. If you continue in God’s Word, then you will develop godly actions, if you continue acting in a godly way you will end up with godly habits. When you become consistent with godly habits, you will have godly character. Your godly character then becomes your life’s testimony. Start developing godly character today by catching up with God’s way of thinking. Kick start the mind of Christ in you by renewing your mind with God’s Word on a daily basis.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
For Further Study
Matthew 12:33-37; James 3:11-18
Personal declaration for the day
I will consciously build a godly character through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Questions for you to reflect on
How often do you make your decision based on God’s Word?
What is your greatest hindrance to acting based on God’s Word and how do you deal with it?