In a dream, I was trying to explain to a classroom the hard times faced by the founding fathers were not exactly as an e-mail suggests. I mentioned to them that at Valley Forge times were tough, but those that made it through year after year built character. Indeed, the building and testing of character happens in the toughest of times.
Instances of Character in the Bible:
(1) Ruth: Throughout her story, she sticks with her mother-in-law through thick and thin, even obeying the customs of her mother-in-law’s people. One of her descendants is none other than Jesus Christ himself.
(2) Proverbs 12 and 31: Both speak about wives of noble character and their upright conduct.
(3) Acts 17: The more notable instance of character in this chapter is that of the Bereans who always checked Paul’s preaching with the Scriptures to see if it was true.
(4) Romans 5: Suffering leads to building Character and building Character leads to building hope in which we cannot be dissapointed as our hope is the Lord. And finally,
(5) 1 Cor. 15: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
We do see more instances of character in the stories of people in the Bible. When Daniel refused to eat from the king’s table. When Joshua and Caleb gave a good report of the land they were to claim. When they honored their promise to Rahab. Need I say more?
“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln