Generally, people have an idea of what “character” is, and they often associate it with the moral or ethical qualities of a person. A person with “good character” is said to have good moral principles and ethical integrity. However, lately, God has been ministering to me about “Godly character”.
This character is different from just “good character” because it involves a person having more than just good moral principles and ethical integrity. The Lord has shown me that “Godly character” is made up of “good character”, in addition to “faith”.
So, what about faith?
Hebrews 11:1 defines “faith” as “the substance (or reality) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. “Faith” has it basis on the Word of God, which is the will of God. God’s Word determines “faith” by providing the evidence (proof) of spiritual realities for which a person (of Godly character) hopes. “Faith” demonstrates conviction to the will of God, on the basis of His Word.
A person of “good character” aims to satisfy the moral and ethical standards of their own convictions. “Faith”, on the other hand, involves a person of “Godly character” aiming to satisfy convictions to spiritual truths and realities that are in accordance with God’s Word (His will).
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) says “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.”
Faith involves motives and actions that are not just aimed at moral or political correctness, but that are aimed to please God.
So, what else about faith and Godly Character?
The person with “Godly character” lives with integrity towards the Word of God, by faith. They see their living to please God as their highest priority and aim in life. There are many reasons for people to do outwardly good or moral acts; however, what makes “Godly character” so important is right motive. “Godly character” includes a genuine heart’s motivation to please God.
“Godly character” is found where a person speaks or acts according to the Word of God, by faith. Faith prioritizes the Word of God, putting it above any thoughts, emotions, opposition, or present realities in life. Above any temptation to abandon the spiritual truths and realities set by God’s Word, the person of “Godly character” is motivated to say and do what pleases God.
Here are just a few examples from scripture of people demonstrating “Godly character”:
Jesus – Luke 22:42 (NKJV) “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
The Apostle Paul – Acts 20:24 (NKJV) “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego – Daniel 3:16-18 (NKJV) “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Above what they were feeling, thinking, or facing, these people stayed true to God and His word by faith and “Godly character”.