How can we be more like Jesus, act like He did, love our neighbors (including our enemies) and trust God completely?
How can we develop a good (God-centered) character?
First of all, we need to allow God to change us. We need to be willing to renew our heart completely.
Change is achieved through prayer and it is sustained by action.
We all know that we should act wisely, be faithful, strong, humble, forgiving, courageous, at the service of others, with a happy heart, and patient (just to say a few).
But how can we be all of those things and have all of those traits? How can we be good and gentle?
There are three key concepts we truly need to understand in order for us to be transformed:
1. God gifted us with a wonderful spirit. (2 Timothy 1:7)
2. We are able to walk away from any temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
3. Whatever we lack we can find and gain in the Lord. (James 1:5)
If we have a Spirit of power, and we are strong enough in Christ to resist temptation, and if God will provide whatever we need then changing our character is not as difficult as it may seem. God has our back, He is ready to help in our renewal.
1. Make the decision.
Surrender. Whenever you decide to follow God you are deciding to let Him in. God knows you better than you know yourself. He knows your potential, your flaws, and your qualities; He knows everything about you. Therefore, He knows that as a human you are prone to making mistakes and you are likely to be governed by flesh and earthly patterns. Nonetheless, because He is a loving God, He has given you a second chance, an opportunity to be a new person in Christ. From this moment on, it is not about you precisely, nor is it about who you were; it’s about Him and how much you let Him in to help you become who you are meant to be through Him. Your job is to ask God to guide you, to keep your character aligned to His Word. It is all about you asking for the traits that will honor and please Him. Pray, prayer is powerful. Prayer is the first step. Allow yourself to surrender and ask God to make you more like Him and less like you. Asking God to help us direct our every thought back to His Word will allow us to speak and act the way He wants us to. Remember that having a Christ-like character is not only pleasing to God, but it is also a blessing for others, as well as it is for your own good.
2. Receive the gift.
Once you follow Christ then you receive the most precious gift of all. You are able to let go of your old ways (sinful nature). How good, great and faithful is our Lord that gave us the chance to be renewed and transformed through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
To keep yourself on track let the Holy Spirit in, let Him intercede for you and give you strength in your weakness. (Romans 8:26)
According to John 14:26 the Holy Spirit is our helper and He will teach us all that needs to be taught. Seek to have a character that will glorify God. Pursue and work hard on a Christ-like character.
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