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49 GODLY CHARACTER QUALITIES

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HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

This is an excellent list of godly character qualities to use as you prayerfully shepherd the hearts of your children to Christlikeness.  Remember, however, our goal as Christian parents are not moralism or behaviourism.  These character qualities are a reflection of the new man, a regenerate heart.  So as you see a deficiency in your children we must point them to Christ for forgiveness and growth in grace. We want our children to realize that external character, obedience or “polish” without a new heart is nothing but a works righteousness and legalism.

Character Qualities

  1. Alertness vs.  Unawareness
    Being aware of that which is taking place around me so I  can have the right response to it      (Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.)
  2. Attentiveness vs.  Unconcern
    Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided  attention to his words and emotions    (Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.)
  3. Availability vs.  Self-centeredness
    Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving    (Philippians 2:20–21 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.)
  4. Boldness vs.  Fearfulness
    Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right  and just in the sight of God                (Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,)
  5. Cautiousness vs.  Rashness
    Knowing how important the right timing is in accomplishing the right actions                      (Proverbs 19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.)
  6. Compassion vs.  Indifference
    Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of  others                                                                (1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?)
  7. Contentment vs.  Covetousness
    Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my  present happiness                      (1Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.)
  8. Creativity vs.  Underachievement
    Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective                                                  (Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.)
  9. Decisiveness vs.  Double-mindedness
    The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the  will and ways of God                               (James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.)
  10. Deference vs.  Rudeness
    Limiting my freedom in order not offend the tastes of  those whom God has called me to serve (Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.)
  11. Dependability vs.  Inconsistency
    Fulfilling what I consented to do even if it means  unexpected sacrifice                                      (Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.)
  12. Determination vs.  Faintheartedness
    Purposing to accomplish God’s goals in God’s time  regardless of the opposition                            (2 Timothy 4:7–8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.)
  13. Diligence vs.  Slothfulness
    Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the  Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it                                                                                                                          (Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;)
  14. Discernment vs.  Judgment
    The God-given ability to understand why things happen                                                                   (1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.)
  15. Discretion vs.  Simplemindedness
    The ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes which  could result in undesirable consequences (Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.)
  16. Endurance vs.  Giving up
    The inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish  God’s best                                      (Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.)
  17. Enthusiasm vs.  Apathy
    Expressing with my soul the joy of my spirit                                                                                       (1 Thessalonians 5:16,19 Rejoice evermore.19 Quench not the Spirit.)
  18. Faith vs.  Presumption
    Visualizing what God intends to do in a given situation  and acting in harmony with it         (Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.)
  19. Flexibility vs.  Resistance
    Not setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be  changed by God or others    (Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.)
  20. Forgiveness vs.  Rejection
    Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and  allowing God to love them through me (Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.)
  21. Generosity vs.  Stinginess
    Realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for  His purposes                                              (2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.)
  22. Gentleness vs.  Harshness
    Showing personal care and concern in meeting the need of others                                   (1Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:)
  23. Gratefulness vs.  Unthankfulness
    Making known to God and others in what ways they have  benefited my life                                    (1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?)
  24. Hospitality vs.  Loneliness
    Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual  refreshment with those whom God brings into my life                                                                                                                                              (Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.)
  25. Humility vs.  Pride
    Recognizing that it is actually God and others who are  responsible for the achievements in my life (James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.)
  26. Initiative vs.  Unresponsiveness
    Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am  asked to do it                            (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
  27. Joyfulness vs.  Self-pity
    The spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in  fellowship with the Lord            (Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.)
  28. Justice vs.  Fairness
    Personal responsibility to God’s unchanging laws                                                                        (Micah 6:8He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?)
  29. Love vs.  Selfishness
    Giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive  personal reward                                   (1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.)
  30. Loyalty vs.  Unfaithfulness
    Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God  and to those whom He has called me to serve                                                                                                                                                (John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.)
  31. Meekness vs.  Anger
    Yielding my personal rights and expectations to God                                                                 (Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.)
  32. Obedience vs.  Willfulness
    Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority                                   (2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;)
  33. Orderliness vs.  Disorganization
    Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the  greatest efficiency                               (1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.)
  34. Patience vs.  Restlessness
    Accepting a difficult situation from God without giving  Him a deadline to remove it            (Romans 5:3–4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience, And patience, experience; and experience, hope:)
  35. Persuasiveness vs.  Contentiousness
    Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks                                                                    (2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,)
  36. Punctuality vs.  Tardiness
    Showing high esteem for other people and their time                                                        (Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:)
  37. Resourcefulness vs.  Wastefulness
    The wise use of that which others would normally overlook or  discard                                        (Luke 16:10  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.)
  38. Responsibility vs.  Unreliability
    Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting  from me                                  (Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.)
  39. Reverence vs.  Disrespect
    Awareness of how God is working through the people and  events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me                                                                                                          (Proverbs 23:17–18 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.)
  40. Security vs.  Anxiety
    Structuring my life around that which is eternal and  cannot be destroyed or taken away              (John 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.)
  41. Self-Control vs.  Self-indulgence
    Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s  Spirit                                                   (Galatians 5:24–25 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.)
  42. Sensitivity vs.  Callousness
    Exercising my senses so I can perceive the true spirit and  emotions of those around me       (Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.)
  43. Sincerity vs.  Hypocrisy
    Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives                                                                     (1 Peter 1:22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:)
  44. Thoroughness vs.  Incompleteness
    Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my  work or words if neglected        (Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.)
  45. Thriftiness vs.  Extravagance
    Not letting myself or others spend that which is not  necessary                                                            (Luke 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?)
  46. Tolerance vs.  Prejudice
    Acceptance of others as unique expressions of specific  character qualities in varying degrees of maturity                                                                                                                                (Philippians 2:2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.)
  47. Truthfulness vs.  Deception
    Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts                                                          (Ephesians 4:25 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.)
  48. Virtue vs.  Impurity
    The moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiates from my life as I obey God’s Word                (2 Peter 1:3 According to as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:)
  49. Wisdom vs.  Natural Inclinations
    Seeing and responding to life’s situations from God’s  frame of reference                             (Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.)

Author: Godfrey Gregg

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