How Do I Work On My Character?
- Take a word shower: Bath your body with the word of God regularly. If you are going to shape your character after your emotions or passion; you are going to end up like Moses. If you are going to allow your character to be shaped by the traditions around you that means your character will not go beyond your traditions. The only standard for measuring right or wrong is the word of God and not the opinion of any other person. Every time you want to do something ask yourself will Jesus do this, can you find it in the Word? Can you find Malice in the word? The power of God is real but it is only available for those who are ready to submit.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
If David didn’t have character he would not have made it to the palace. He killed Goliath as a teenager so he could have become proud. There was a time also when Saul was after the life of David, he released the trained army of Israel to go after him, and at a point, David became tired and hid in a cave he was there Saul his master was running after him and became tired also and slept off. David saw him, if you are the one what will you do? You would have cut off his head because he is your enemy. The true test of your character is dealing with those that don’t have character. He could have killed Saul when he saw him but he didn’t he took his shirt and cut a piece of it and then when he came in contact with Saul, he said look my Lord if I want to kill you I have killed you but I remember the Lord my God I will not touch his anointed. That is character. That was why God said I have found a man after my own heart. Even David made mistakes; don’t fall, fall off (fall off means don’t stay there). It is a character that will make you pick yourself up again, a strong character. Can they vouch for you when you are not home, can your parent vouch for you? Can your wife trust you? Can your husband trust you? Take a word shower. The word of God is the shower that you need to bathe every day.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his blood,
It takes the ministry of the blood and the word.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrew 10: 22.
Pure of what?
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
“Thy word is truth”. The word of God is the water that you need to bathe your body.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in everything.
Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
The husband is the head of the wife. Wives should submit to their husbands in everything, not in some things. Husband love your wife; agape love, whether she is submissive or not love her. The wife submits unconditionally and the husband loves unconditionally. If the two are placed there will be peace. The real instrument for cleansing is the word of God.
- Through the ministry of feet washing: we point ourselves attention to each other’s faults. Don’t look at your brother and take your eyes off the wrong things that he is doing. Washing of feet was the last thing Jesus did before he died. The Bible says he removed a towel and washed his disciples’ feet. In Yoruba land, when a new wife wants to enter the house the most senior wife will pour water on her leg, to do what? To remove dust. What is the dust? Bad characters You are washing it away and you are coming in with a sound character and without the Bible they had enough sense to do that. In Israel, it is a culture where they wash each other’s feet. That is why when those angels visited Abraham, Abraham got water to wash their feet. That’s why Jesus said to help each other to wash. He commanded them saying if I master could do this, do the same for one another. Don’t wash your brother go down the drain, help them
Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one converts him;
Two ways to get your character’s feet; take a shower in the world. Read the word, memorize it, and meditate on it. Also submit yourself to friends around, your wife, friends, and children. Don’t be proud. Without the input of others to wash your feet your character will stink and it requires submission. What is submission? In English sub means below, and mission means agenda. It means you put yourself below, and humble yourself. The elders say ” A needle that has rope cannot get lost easily. No matter how substantial a needle without a rope will be lost without finding. If you are corrected and it comes in the form of an insult, take it like that because it is for you. No tree eats its fruit, so the correction they’re giving you is not for them is for you.