Forming Character

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control;and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8

Godly habits lead to godly character. No one is born with habits. Even though certain traits may be innate, our character must be formed and shaped. This is done through installing habits and exercising discipline. The character you want can be formed but it will not be done in an instant, rather over a longer period of time. The crucibles of suffering and success will reveal your character. However it is the drudgery of the ordinariness of life that will form it. The disciplines and habits you employ on a regular daily basis will determine what is revealed when the urgent is thrust upon you.

Be faithful in the ordinary and mundane aspects of life. Keep doing what you know to be healthy and good for you. Don’t become weary in the well-doing. Stay focused on the end and what’s being developed within. What’s within may not always be noticed until it really matters. Remember that your character counts and you develop it every day by the choices you make.

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