Character

Character

As the character of Christ becomes ours, maturity comes. Character is revealed in the midst of trials. It is then, that it is formed as well. Our faith is tested and patience is produced. We are placed in situations just to know we do not react the way we used to. We also recognize the areas in which we are not yet changed.

To be the way we are, while knowing we are not yet as we will be, keeps us hungry for more. We yearn to be whole. We look forward to what is to come. Our transformation appears to be slow, when in fact, it’s more than we can grasp. We often do not see ourselves maturing when we are going through the process. It’s after something has changed in us that we notice it has happened. Pride might cause us to see maturity when it’s not really there, while humility prevents us from recognizing our development.

In the Lord we are complete, fulfilled spiritually as we grow into that fullness. We grow because we sense something is missing, and we long for it to be realized. The trials we face will be used by God to show forth His glory. Christ will fulfill the work He has begun in us. Let’s consider not only what was, or what is, but also what will be, from glory to glory!

James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

 

Beholding His Glory!

Beholding His Glory!

Spiritual maturity is known by the degree in which Christ is seen in and through our character and behavior. The abundant life we have in the Lord is increasing as we turn to the Lord and behold His glory.

As our character is being transformed into His, we bear fruit in increased measure. The growth pertains to our divine identity, who we are—not what we do; what we do flows out of who we are. Our spiritual potential has to be at the center of all our pursuits. As we spend time with the Lord reading the Word and worshiping, we seek and find Him. We gaze upon Him and get to know who He is. We do not see the Lord as we are, but as He is, with our hearts filled with love and faith. Nothing can separate us from His love.

When we turn to the Lord, we turn away from our ways and surrender humbly to His ways and His will. Veils that separated us from seeing Him as He is are removed. The Holy Spirit reveals, heals and leads us to behold, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. Because the veil has been lifted from our eyes, we can look unto the Lord and in doing so, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory!  

2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

 

Lacking Nothing

As the character of Christ becomes ours, maturity comes. Character is revealed in the midst of trials. It is then, that it is formed as well. Our faith is tested and patience is produced. We are placed in situations just to know we do not react the way we used to. We also recognize the areas in which we are not yet changed.

To be the way we are, while knowing we are not yet as we will be, keeps us hungry for more. We yearn to be whole. We look forward to what is to come. Our transformation appears to be slow, when in fact, it’s more than we can grasp. We often do not see ourselves maturing when we are going through the process. It’s after something has changed in us that we notice it has happened. Pride might cause us to see maturity when it’s not really there, while humility prevents us from recognizing our development.

In the Lord we are complete, fulfilled spiritually as we grow into that fullness. We grow because we sense something is missing, and we long for it to be realized. The trials we face will be used by God to show forth His glory. Christ will fulfill the work He has begun in us. Let’s consider not only what was, or what is, but also what will be, from glory to glory!

James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

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