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hidden underneath are his character.
"Within the character of the citizen lies the welfare of the nation" - Cicero, Roman Philosopher
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler
Evangelist Charles Spurgeon wrote, "A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved
you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve
your name on hearts, and not on marble.\u201d
In his book The Death of Character, James Hunter, a noted sociologist from the University of
Virginia, concludes that while Americans are innately as capable of developing character as
they ever were in the past, there are now few cultural or institutional guidelines in our society
that call for its cultivation or maintenance. The reason, he suggests, is because there is no
consensus of moral authority.
Two centuries later, Diogenes was spotted carrying around a lighted lamp, up and down the city streets, in the middle of the day. When asked what he was doing, he replied, that he was looking for an honest man.
\u201cHeart is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person. It is the part of
our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as "the place of conscious and
decisive spiritual activity," "the comprehensive term for a person as a whole; his feelings, desires,
passions, thought, understanding and will," and "the centre of a person. - J. Stowell, Fan The Flame
Our Father constantly calls to us, "My son, give me thine heart." If our hearts are not right before God, all of our religious exercises are mere formalities; and abominations before God. Unless our hearts are right before God, all that we do is rejected by him, no matter how much it is applauded by people (Is. 66:2-4; 1 Cor. 13:1)
The human heart is deceitful (Jer. 17:9; Prov. 20:26)
Defilement comes from a corrupt heart (Matt. 12:34-35; 15:18-20; Mark 7:21-23)
A thankless heart, that does not glorify God, will be darkened (Rom. 1:21)
Signs of a life not controlled by God\u2019s Holy Spirit
Spirit. (Gal. 5:17, 1 Cor. 9:24-27, Rom. 7-14-8:4)
We can and should ask God to cleanse our hearts regularly (Ps. 51:10)
We need to guard our hearts (Prov. 4:23), because God knows are hearts (1 Sam. 16:7;
6. Just and righteous
A story is told about a man who was born with an awful facial deformity. He grew up alone and
lonely. When reaching adulthood, he decided to move from his town to begin a new life. On his
way he discovered a beautiful mask that fit his making him look handsome. At first the mask
was uncomfortable and he was afraid that people would find out who he really was, but he
continued to wear the mask everyday. In his new hometown, he made many friends and fell in
love. But one day a wicked woman from his old home came to his town and discovered this
man\u2019s true identity. In front of his friends and fianc\u00e9, she forced him to remove his mask. When
he removed the mask, it revealed a handsome face. His face had conformed to the mask.
Becoming like Christ is analogous to this. Go ahead and put on Christ. At first it may feel
unnatural or uncomfortable, and maybe you may think, "who am I trying to fool?" But
everyday just keep putting on Christ and everyday you will grow to look more like him.
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