Essay about Character
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer[a] must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,[b] sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, …show more content…
Here's are two analogies I thought of last night. One: Performance is like fruit, and character is like roots. You can get fruit from other places for a limited time, but without the roots, it's fleeting. Roots allow you to produce fruit in the long-term, even if there are no fruits in the short term.
Two: It's easy to be a bad witness. Non-Christians scrutinize us all the time. We can be performing well for a while, but the moment we mess up, they might not trust us, and in turn, God, anymore. If you only have performance and no good character, it's like tearing down a house without a foundation. But if you have good character, it's like tearing down a house with a firm foundation. The house may be torn down, but you can rebuild on the foundation.
2 Timothy 1:14-16:
14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the