Posts Tagged ‘character’

God desires us to do what is right, for the right reasons by faith, even when facing unrighteous treatment, like Jesus and the early Apostles and followers modeled, reflecting and reinforcing an internal character approaching God’s heart, keeping eternal rewards in mind.

Hebrews 10:32-34

32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.

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Imitating Jesus and his true followers goes beyond external acts, words, and appearances to also encompassing underlying character and inner convictions, to be solid examples able to gracefully withstand opposition.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-7

4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

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