Tag Archives: Character

The Golden Rule

We live in a world which is becoming more and more selfish by the day. Whatever happened to others we want our convenience. At the expense of others we want to progress. We are willing to forego principles for profit. We go for short cuts even though we know it is wrong. We try to explain away our wrong doings saying everybody does that today, or, the system is like that and we cannot escape it.

Are we becoming more and more self-centred? We expect others to respect us when we don’t show any respect to others. We want everyone to listen to us when we are not willing to listen to anyone. We want to be served first in the queue though we know we are not first. We want the best part of everything when we are not willing to let others have their choice. We don’t want to give way to other traffic when we expect everyone else to give us way.

Jesus said, “Do for others what you want them to do for you….” (Mat.7:12 GNT) If you want others to respect you, learn to respect others. If you want others to be kind to you, learn to be kind to others. If you want others to listen to you, learn to listen to others. If you want your neighbours to be good to you, then learn to be a good neighbour to them. In essence, we are to develop the character quality of our Master Lord Jesus Christ. This we ought to do in spite of how others behave. Let our words and deeds prove that we treat others the way we want them to treat us.

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Success

Today’s young generation defines success as the capacity to have a luxurious indulgent lifestyle. They don’t mind taking any route to achieve this goal. But many end up frustrated and addicted to unhealthy habits.

Success is not reaching the top of the ladder, nor is it having a flamboyant lifestyle. It is not measured in terms of money or material wealth. Success is the satisfaction of having done a job well, doing it to the best of your ability utilising all permissible resources available, which translates into contentment within and happiness among the people you serve. Most often this brings material rewards too.

Habits are made by the choices we make repeatedly. The choice is always ours. We ourselves, and nobody else, is responsible for the choices we make. Peer pressure, social status, identity crisis, physical problems, etc. are all lame excuses used to avoid making the right choice.

Quite often we make choices to please others and not for our satisfaction. We get over-concerned about what others may think about us. When a choice is made under such pressure and in a hurry, we seldom think whether it is the right one or not. Success eludes us at these moments.

There are times when we may need help in identifying the right choice. Our parents and elders with wider experience in life can come to our aid. However, in times like these the Creator God Himself has promised to help provided we are willing to take His counsel.

Christian Character

Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.  “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
(Luke 12:3-7 ESV)

Truthfulness
Jesus was tired of the insincerity of the religious folks and rebuked them. He warned His disciples not to follow their hypocrisy. A follower of the Lord Jesus Christ should be truthful and sincere both inside and outside. He should mean what he says and say what he means. God will expose people’s insincerity on the judgment day. What they have said and done in secret will be brought to light on that day.

Fearlessness
A Christian should not be afraid of people but fear only God. People can only kill your physical body once and not your eternal soul. But God can throw you into the eternal hell where you will suffer for ever. Those who fear and honor God can live without the fear of people.

Jesus gave two analogies. God cares about the tiny sparrows which are sold at an insignificant price. He also has the hairs on our head numbered, so He knows which one fell. We are much more precious to Him than many sparrows.

Allegiance
A Christian should witness for Christ no matter what. He should unashamedly acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ over his life at all times. He should never deny the One who gave His very life to redeem you from eternal condemnation. The Holy Spirit has been given to you as the down payment of the covenant God has made with you through the blood of His Son. Testifying against it is a sin that God will never forgive.

In the life of every sinner the Spirit of God is bringing conviction about sin at different times and if they keep rejecting His offer of salvation they will have no chance to repent later.