Character Matters with God

Ellen J. Barrier/
Author/Spirituality Counselor

Who I Have to Be, to Please God

It isn't who I need to be, but who I have to be, in order for me to meet the standard requirements, God has set for me to accomplish, that will please him.
Because Job, whose affliction I wrote about a few days ago, met the standard requirements God had set for his life, God was pleased with his character, and restored all of his losses and health with great blessings.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
King James Version Bible (Proverbs 3:7)

Character Matters with God

The positive features we see in individuals that makes them very special people are honesty, trustworthy, kindness, unselfishness, helping others, faithful in a relationship, respectful;  are the ideal qualities we each like to see in the other person’s character, but, what about our character?

I’m reminded of Job, who was condemned by those who came to visit him during his sickness, and accused him of being and unrighteous person. Therefore, they took it upon themselves to judge his character, and pass a death sentence upon him.  However, Job stood up to them, and labeled them as being "hypocrites".

Job allows his character to defend him

Speaking to his accusers, Job stated, “Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears. Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified. Who is he that shall plead with me? For now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.”

God himself said Job’s character was one that he judged to be perfect. Job didn't think he was perfect, but he knew he always did the right thing by helping others and showing kindness, honesty, and respect. Therefore, he was able to say, “I know that I shall be justified.” He knew God wouldn't find him guilty of being unrighteous. He let those who he called ‘hypocrites’ know, “He also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before him.” It was because of Job’s character, that God saved his life, and condemned those who falsely judged him. 

Job never gave up on God, despite his wife and others who suggested that he should. There are those who will say negative statements about praying and believing in Supernatural intervention. Those who believe in the power of God, as Job did, can also allow their character to defend them against whatever situation they encounter. Therefore, they succeed beyond expectation.

Recommended reading: Job Chapter 13 (King James Version Bible).
___ Ellen J. Barrier

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