conformed to the image of [God's] Son"
Much emphasis is placed on superficial
appearances and life style even among Christians. God warned Samuel about
this in selecting a king for Israel. He said, "Look not on his countenance, or on
the height of his stature... for man looks on the outward appearance, but the
LORD looks on the heart" (1 Samuel
God desires that true Christians develop
godly character - the character of Christ. Once a person accepts Christ as
his or her Lord and Savior, that person should have a compelling desire to be
like Christ. To become like Him means you need to know Him. The following
characteristics are provided to help you learn biblical, godly, Christ-like
Finding a biblical decision,
solution, or proposal acceptable enough that I can support and others would
"Can two walk together, except they be
agreed?" (Amos 3:3)
Using my physical and spiritual
senses to recognize and respond to dangers biblically.
"Be sober, be vigilant, because your
adversary, the devil, like a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may
devour." (1 Peter 5:8)
Giving God and others genuine
compliments for their importance and value to me.
"...Take delight in honoring each other."
(Romans 12:10 NLT)
Acknowledging the worth of a person by giving total concentration to his words.
"...We must listen very carefully to the truth
we have heard, or we may drift away from it." (Hebrews 2:1 NLT)
own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving.
"...Immediately we endeavored to go into
Macedonia." (Acts 16:10)
the truth and doing the right thing regardless of the consequences.
"We may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and
I will not fear what man shall do unto me." (Hebrews 13:6)
Knowing how important right timing
is in accomplishing right actions.
"Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person
who moves too quickly may go the wrong way." (Proverbs 19:2 NLT)
Reflecting the qualities and traits
of Christ in my life.
"...Be conformed to the image of [God's]
Son." (Romans 8:29)
Pledging to guard and fulfill that
which has been entrusted to me.
"Guard that which is committed to thy
trust." (1 Timothy 6:20)
The process of conveying my
thoughts, attitudes and actions to another in a manner that reflects Christ.
"Be an example to all believers in what you
teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity."
(1 Timothy 4:12 NLT).
The feelings aroused by the distress
or misfortune of others that moves me to meet their needs.
"And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth
his hand, and touched him." (Mark 1:41)
Purposing to follow the commands of
Scripture, whatever the cost.
"Daniel purposed in his heart that he would
not defile himself." (Daniel 1:8)
Relying on the Lord to enable me in
every area of my life.
"I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
Helping a friend to apply the ways
of God in a difficult situation.
"The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet
as perfume and incense." (Proverbs 27:9 NLT)
The ability to act on the knowledge
that He who is in me is greater then he who is against me.
"Ye are of God... and have overcome them,
because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1
Approaching a need, a task, or an
idea from a new perspective.
"Intelligent people are always open to new
ideas. In fact, they look for them." (Proverbs 18:15 NLT)
The ability to finalize difficult
decisions based on the truths of God's Word.
"I have chosen the way of truth; thine
ordinances have I laid before me." (Psalms 119:30)
Limiting my freedom so I do not
offend the tastes of others.
"It is not good to eat meat or to drink wine,
or to do anything by which your brother stumbles." (Romans 14:21)
Completing a commitment even if it
means personal sacrifice.
"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found
faithful." (1 Corinthians 4:2)
Purposing to accomplish God's goals
in God's time regardless of the opposition.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the
crown of righteousness." (2 Timothy 4:7,8)
Using all my energies to complete
tasks as a special assignment from the Lord.
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as
for the Lord rather than for men." (Colossians 3:23 NLT)
The ability to see people and
situations the way they really are, not merely as they appear to be.
"The LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on
the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7
Maintaining an ordered and
controlled life through godly training, regardless of how I feel.
"Exercise thyself unto godliness." (1 Timothy 4:7)
Avoiding words, actions, and
attitudes which could result in undesirable consequences.
"A prudent person foresees the danger ahead
and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the
consequences." (Proverbs 22:3 NLT)
Helping others to see a difficult
situation from God's point of view.
"I weep with grief; encourage me by your
Word." (Psalm 119:28 NLT)
The inward strength to withstand
stress to accomplish God's best.
"And let us not lose heart in doing good, for
in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." (Galatians 6:9)
Allowing God's energy to be
expressed through my mind, will, and emotions.
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to
the Lord, and not unto men." (Colossians 3:23)
Seeking to look at a decision from
the viewpoint of each person involved.
"And just as you want men to treat you, teat them in the same way"
Recognizing God's will in a given
situation and acting in harmony with it.
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped
for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
Demonstrating courage and a resolute
trust in God while facing difficulty or danger.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
Not setting my affections on plans or
ideas which may be changed by others.
"Set your mind on things above, not on the
things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:2)
Being with those who have the same
beliefs and are going in the same direction.
"If we walk in the light, as He is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another." (1 John 1:7)
Healing others by using their
offenses as a means of expressing to them Christ's love.
"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as
God in Christ also has forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:32)
My commitment to the development of
another's character on a personal level.
"As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a
friend." (Proverbs 27:17)
that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purposes.
"...Freely ye have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8)
Showing a tender heart and personal
care in meeting the needs of others.
"We proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares
for her own children." (1 Thessalonians 2:7)
Always making known to
God and others how they benefit my life.
makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn't given
you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have
accomplished something on your own?" (1 Corinthians 4:7)
Expressing humility and
devotion by giving tribute to God-given authority.
"Honor all [people]. Love the
brotherhood" (1 Peter 2:17). "Let each esteem others better than
themselves." (Philippians 2:3)
expectation of the fulfillment of God's promises.
"If we look forward to something we don't have
yet, we must wait patiently and confidently." (Romans 8:25 NLT)
Eagerly sharing my family, home,
finances, food, and spiritual refreshment with those God brings into my life.
"Eagerly pursue hospitality." (Romans
Having an attitude of lowliness that
elevates God and submits to His Word. "He
[Jesus Christ] must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30)
and doing what needs to be done before being asked to do it.
"Ye Philippians know also that... no
church shared with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only."
The outward expression of my inward
being that results from a genuine harmony with God and others.
"A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but
when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken." (Proverbs 15:13)
Exhibiting a pleasant spirit and
"Be ye kind to one another...." (Ephesians
daily pressures from others because of my love for them and for the Lord.
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so
fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)
Taking the initiative to
meet the needs of others without expecting anything in return.
I... do not have love, it profits me nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:3)
Remaining committed to
those whom God has called me to serve even in times of adversity.
friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need."
Yielding my personal rights and
expectations to God.
"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my
expectation is from him." (Psalms 62:5)
Willfully fulfilling the directions
of my authorities in order to make them successful.
"...Take every thought captive to the
obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Being watchful, giving keen
attention to particulars, and adhering to details that please God.
"Be watchful in all things... fulfill your ministry."
(2 Timothy 4:15 NJKV)
Preparing myself and my surroundings
so that I will achieve the greatest efficiency for the Lord.
"But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner." (1
Accepting a difficult situation from
God without giving Him a deadline to remove it.
"Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be
patient in trouble, and always be prayerful." (Romans 12:12 NLT)
Allowing the inward tranquility that
results from our harmonious relationship with God to control our heart and
"Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in
your hearts." (Colossians 3:15 NLT)
One who has made peace with God,
leads others to make peace with God, and endeavors to maintain peace with
"Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall
be called the sons of God." (Matthew 5:9)
Urging others by using God's Word to
change their thinking and conform to His viewpoint.
"Gently teach those who oppose the truth.
Perhaps God will change their hearts, and they will believe." (2 Timothy
Choosing preference to those things
which God values more important than anything else.
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness." (Matthew
One who is resourceful, prudent,
thrifty, and constantly ensures the best use of all available resources.
Joseph said to his brothers concerning the famine, "Do not be afraid; I
will provide for you and your little ones." (Genesis 50:21 NASB)
Having sufficient information to
exercise sound judgment to avoid error and danger.
"The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge...
[he] foresees danger and takes refuge." (Proverbs 13:6; 22:3)
Investing the treasure of time into
that which will bring eternal results.
"...I have chosen you, and ordained you, that
ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should
remain..." (John 15:16)
Knowing and doing what both God and
others are expecting from me.
"So then each one of us shall give account of
himself to God." (Romans 14:12)
and respecting a person because of their position and authority regardless of
"Submit yourselves to every ordinance
of man for the Lord's sake." (1 Peter 2:13-14)
my life around what is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away.
"Do not work for the food which
perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life." (John 6:27)
Accepting the unchangeable features
in me which God has made in order for the character of Christ to be developed
"... [God's] strength is made perfect in
weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Giving oneself to others, as Christ
gave himself, without regard to self-interest.
"[Jesus Christ] gave himself for us."
Exercising my senses so that I can
perceive and respond to the true spirit and emotions of those around me.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with
those who weep." (Romans 12:15)
Selflessly serving others by
influencing, equipping, and empowering them to accomplish God's goals.
"The leader should be like a servant."
(Luke 22:26 NLT)
Eagerly saying and doing what is
right with transparent motives.
"Have sincere love for one another... intensely
with all your heart." (1 Peter 1:22)
Knowing God will commend me for my
faithfulness to Him and His Word.
"Well done, thou good and faithful
servant...." (Matthew 25:21)
The pain that is required for God to
conform me to the image of His Son and demonstrate His grace.
"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm
yourselves likewise with the same mind." (1 Peter 4:1)
Being attentive to detail, careful,
accurate, and complete.
The Berean Jews "received the word with all eagerness, examining
the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." (Acts 17:11).
Not letting myself spend that which
is not necessary.
"If you are untrustworthy about worldly
wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?" (Luke
An earthly trust which, if invested
wisely, will produce eternal treasures.
"Teach us to make the most of our time, so
that we may grow in wisdom." (Psalm 90:12 NLT)
Making allowing for one's immaturity
without compromising truth.
"Love is patient; love is kind... finds no joy
in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth." (1 Corinthians 13:4-6
Earning future trust by accurately
reporting past facts.
"Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak
truth, each one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one
another." (Ephesians 4:25)
The moral excellence and Godly
influence of my life that reflects God's holy standards.
"... Applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral
excellence." (2 Peter 1:5 NASV)
One who is committed to growth,
looking beyond problems to causes, and developing precise solutions for
"See the distress that we are in, how
Jerusalem lieth waste, and it's gates are burned with fire; come, and let us
build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach."
the knowledge of God and properly applying it to life.
"Oh, how I love your law! I think about it all
day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for your commands are
my constant guide." (Psalm 119:97-98)