Turbulent Times Build Character
The one who lives with integrity lives securely,
but whoever perverts his ways will be found out.
Proverbs 10:9 HCSB
Charles Swindoll correctly observed, “Nothing speaks louder or more powerfully than a life of integrity.” Righteous men and women agree.
Character is built slowly over a lifetime. It is the sum of every right decision, every honest word, every noble thought, and every heartfelt prayer. It is forged on the anvil of honorable work and polished by the twin virtues of generosity and humility. Character is a precious thing—difficult to build but easy to tear down. As believers in Christ, we must seek to live each day with discipline, honesty, and faith. When we do, integrity becomes a habit.
Psalm 145 promises, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. (vv. 18-20 NIV). And the words of Jesus offer us comfort: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV).
The times that try your soul are also the times that build your character. During the darker days of life, you can learn lessons that are impossible to learn during sunny, happier days. Times of adversity can—and should—be times of intense spiritual and personal growth. But God will not force you to learn the lessons of adversity. You must learn them for yourself.
Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.
Every time you refuse to face up to life and its problems, you weaken your character.
E. Stanley Jones
Jesus—the standard of measurement, the scale of weights, the test of character for the whole moral universe.
R. G. Lee
Dear Lord, every day can be an exercise in character-building, and that’s what I intend to make this day. I will be mindful that my thoughts and actions have great consequences, consequences in my own life and in the lives of my loved ones. I will strive to make my thoughts and actions pleasing to You, so that I may be an instrument of Your peace, today and every day. Amen