Spiritual character is having integrity in God and living up to the standards of the Bible. One good Bible example and character is Job.
According to the Scripture, Satan moved God to test Job's faith to prove how solid his spiritual character was in God. After Satan was finished with Job everything he owned were destroyed, including his ten children.
With such a great loss, many would have curse God and become immorally corrupt. Many would have curse God and turn their backs on Him. What Job did might surprise you; Job worshipped God and blessed His name saying: "the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh, bless His holy name" (Job 1:21)
At this point Satan realized he failed, so he went back to God.
And the Lord said unto Satan, has thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in all the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him to destroy him without cause.
To better understand the term spiritual character, we need to pay attention to specific words in this verse from the book of Job. First God said that there was none like him in all the earth at that time.
This means that Job was trustworthy and full of integrity. When God looked upon the earth at that time, for people with spiritual character, there was none as perfect and upright as Job.
The Lord further referred to his servant Job as a perfect and an upright man. God told us in the Bible to be perfect as He is perfect and be holy because He is holy. The man Job modeled these qualities well and God bragged about him.
It is the duty of all of us to walk before God with a perfect heart and after we have suffered persecutions to come out as pure gold. The Christian Lifestyle is a life of obedience to Scriptures and walking in the will of God. When we live like this we are demonstrating spiritual character.
God also said that Job feared Him. This again is a spiritual quality that caused us to be very careful how we live our lives and the things we indulge in.
Someone with spiritual character also eschew evil. This mean to keep away from sin and everything that does not give God the glory.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
This Scripture is telling us how we can develop spiritual character. One thing about God's Word, it gets straight to the point. Other books would beat around the bush before getting to the point, but not God's Word.
As we can clearly see in the verse above, we should be imitators of God if we really want to develop a godly character. In order for us to be imitators of God, we need to study His Words.
There is no way around this, because the Word of God reveals all the information you need about God. You cannot please God and live the way He said you should live if you are always making a de-tour when it comes to reading your Bible.
2nd Timothy 2:15
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The lesson here is: If you desire to have spiritual character and maintain it, you must know the things that are written in the Bible, and not only that, you must live your life based upon those things that are written in God's book.
The Bible is the manual to living godly and develop godly character. We are like newborn babies who need the pure milk from our mothers to survive. The Word of God is that pure milk that we need to grow spiritually and develop godly relationship with our Creator.
There is a blessing and a sense of security that comes with having a relationship with the Lord. There is nothing in this life that is as important as a relationship with Jesus Christ.
When you draw near to God and choose to live a godly life, you will become an enemy to the devil. The devil is evil, so when you decide to develop your spiritual character, you are choosing to go the way of the Lord and that makes the devil really mad. Because good and evil cannot mix.
It is always better to please God and reject the devil. We should follow in the footsteps of our brother Job, who worshipped and praised God in the midst of his famine.
.Job could have rejected God when his faith and character were tested. He could have followed his wife's instruction to: "curse God and die." But he choose not to give in to the temptations of the devil.
He humbled himself and patiently waited on God to change his situation. When you choose to go the way of righteousness, every powers of darkness will come against you. But if you are sincere about your relationship with the Lord, and your spiritual character, you will not give in to the plans of the enemy.
Your Character and faith in God will always be tested to prove how genuine you are. It is your responsibility to live up to your integrity and prove that you truly love the Lord your God.
You cannot serve two masters at the same time. God is good and Satan is evil, so you must choose who you are going to serve.
I pray that you will choose to serve God and always obey His commands.
Thank you for reading.
May God continue to bless you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious upon you.
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