Bible Study Outline on Character
A real follower in Christ will demonstrate godly character. Godly character is loving good and hating evil. We are God workmanship. God is the creator of every human beings. We are created in God’s likeness. The first human beings Adam and Eve did not have any sin because they don’t know right from wrong. But after they ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, their eyes were opened and they were able to differentiate right and wrong. When you know it is wrong to do something yet you do it, it is a sin. As a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, we are all sinners. We always want to do the bad things although we know they are bad for us. For example, you know smoking is not good for your health but you smoke.
God is good and there is no evil in him. The devil is evil and only he will do evil and create havoc. We must imitate God’s character and be good and kind to others. God constantly searches our hearts and minds to see if we are completely devoted to him. God will judge everyone according to their thoughts, motive, attitude and action on the Judgment Day. Our character can be built through the trials that we face in life. Everyone will face problems. Problem is good because it can train us to have patience and perseverance. It will train us to have stronger faith in God. Problems also tests our character, to see if we will truly seek God or deviate from his commandments when we are in difficult situations.
God did not led the Israelite to the land of Canaan through the shortest route but he led them around the desert so that they only arrive there after 40 years. God did this because he wanted to test the Israelite to see if they will continue to put their faith in him and trust him. It is not true that the righteous will not face trials. The righteous will also have problems but he who gain victory over these problems by relying on God shows that he has a firm character and faith in him. However, God does not allow us to face a trial more than we can endure. God will always provide a way for us to escape so that we won’t get trapped when it has become unbearable for us.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1-5 KJV)
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. (1 Samuel 16:7 KJV)
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. (Philippians 2:12-16 KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5 KJV)
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all. The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:1-6 KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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. (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)