Pursuing the Character of Jesus

Jesus was born without character just like you and I. He grew in character just like you and I, but the big difference being He grew faithfully, and rapidly and became perfect in character. Hebrews 5:9 says, “And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,”. We have the potential to grow up into the character of Christ as James 1:2-4 would indicate, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Perfect and complete, lacking in nothing, wow, I would very much like to become that person. Hebrews 6:1 says, “let us press on to maturity”, character growth doesn’t happen just because we get older and experience life, character growth comes to those who desperately want it, diligently pursue it, and know how character growth happens, they know the principles and they practice them. A barrier to perfection in character is that we tend to be satisfied and content with who we are when we are still a long way from being what we could be. There are many reasons why we stop growing but a major one is that we compare ourselves with those around us, and then decide that mediocre is good enough. I try and use the 26 specific character traits as a tool to fine tune my pursuit of character, and the Bible verses that I have located for each character trait to be the standard to grow towards rather than other people. As I push deeper in my pursuit of Christ like character I find so many blind spots in myself, areas of character deficiencies that I am totally oblivious to. My use of the list of 26 different character traits, and my focus on a different one each week really helps in my discovery of who I really am, and my strategy to grow past my character flaws.

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