Pillars of Christian Character: Faith and Faithfulness

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”
What is Character? Character can be defined as individuality, personality referring to the sum of the characteristics possessed by a person. Character refers especially to moral qualities, ethical standards, principles, and the like.
In our Christian walk we are called to be like Christ meaning we are to display the same characteristics that Christ displayed when he walked the face of this earth. The believers were first called Christians in Antioch because their character and that of Christ was similar.
Christ was a man of faith and he was faithful to the call of God for his life even unto death. The bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. For a believer, faith is the most important aspect of our character because it holds everything together. It is through faith that we are connected to God.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God, thus to daily walk in faith and not by sight, we must consistently expose ourselves to the word of God. We must be faithful to read it and meditate on it. The more we hear, meditate on and talk about the word of God, the more it becomes the reality that we live in on a day to day basis. Faith creates an alternate reality than what we see by our natural sight, faith opens up our spiritual sight.
Even as we walk by faith we must appreciate that we will have bouts of doubt every now and then, that does not mean that we have lost our faith or that we are now faithless. Great men and women in the Bible faced the same problem as well, whether it was Abraham or Gideon or even the disciples who walked with Jesus and saw all that he did. When faced with doubt, the word of God and prayer brings us back in check so that we walk on the path of faith.
Our journey in faith leads us to be men and women who walk in faithfulness to the will and purposes of God for our lives as we look forward to hear him say on that day;
“Welcome home thou good and faithful servant!”
The world lives by what they see but you and I who belong to Christ live by what the word of God says!
What does a life of walking by faith and not by sight look like for you living in this generation? What are some examples of doubt in your life and how did you handle them? Jesus lived a life of faith DAILY and not just on Sunday morning, what do you need to do to live a similar life as well? Is your character similar to that of Christ?
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