Character Does Matter

I know we have talked about it before but like Proverbs I want to echo. Character is important. When you think of character what comes to mind? What do you look for in others? I want to see trust, humility, truth, honesty, gentleness yet a firm stand on the LORD and His Word. I want to see uprightness, integrity, strength, moral fiber that does not waver from agreeing with the LORD. Do any of those words sound familiar? They should. Most have been touched on in Proverbs if not harped on and echoed.
Now the tough question, you knew it was coming, Does God and others see those characteristics in you?

Proverbs 20:2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
Think of the privilege we have of living in the USA. We really cannot understand this verse like many people in many other countries do. They understand that so many are murdered by the government. We need to thank God for the country He has placed us in and pray for those in persecuted countries.
Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
Do you have to get the last word (out of your mouth or mind)? Do you have to bark or bite back? DO you have to go tell ten people about the other guy or gal? Stop, it is sin and we don’t want to be known by it. It will not build friendships or trust.
Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
We have to put the effort, the work in. If we want to change our life or family we have to get this. We can talk about change and even want it but until we put the fork down and put the running shoes on we are going to struggle with gluttony. Until we stop going to the mall, or web sites we are going to continue to over spend. Until we get the bottle out of the house we are going to keep drinking. You get the picture. It takes hard, focused, intentional work to see through to victory by the Lord and Spirit.
Proverbs 20:5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
What is in your heart? We have talked about purpose and heart. Our words and actions are going to reflect what is in our heart. What do those around you see?
Proverbs 20:6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?
Will God find you faithful? Serious question? Answer honestly. Stop and think on this.
Proverbs 20:7 The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!
Eight times in Proverbs we are going to hit on integrity. Here we find a powerful statement. You can be a blessing to your children if you will be found as one known for their integrity. Don’t miss giving your children and family this gift.
Proverbs 20:8-9 A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes. Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”?
How are you answering that question right now? Are you found pure? Truthful? What do you do if you answer, “No, I am not pure. No, I am not truthful. But I want to be.”? The first step is to confess the sin to God and accept His punishment. Then repent of the sin. That is to turn away from it and replace it with truth and purity. Find a good accountability partner and make sure you don’t put yourself in situations where the sin can fester. Remember the battle will be on so be prepared and don’t give up ground.
Proverbs 20:10 Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
Back to that word – abomination. This time it is tied to honesty in weights and measure, business. God takes fudging the numbers seriously. Do you?
Proverbs 20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Forget black lives matter. They do but that would be a half truth. To God every life matters. God also would say, “Character matters!” He is bringing us back to the purity and uprightness that was often spoken of in the beginning of Proverbs. Do you remember the questions? Do you remember how important this is to our LORD? Critically important. Vital to your relationships.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

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