Insights from a Glory-Bound Lady”
Volume 2 Number 13 “What a Character!”
March 27, 2019
Karen had a great sense of humor. I don’t know that I could prove this from Scripture, but somehow I wouldn’t be surprised if Karen still has a great sense of humor. She was always teasing me or sharing something that was cute or funny. I often replied, “Karen! You are quite a character,” and we would laugh together.
During one of her Ladies’ retreats, she spoke to the ladies about character. She reminded them that in a good sense, they ought to be quite the characters!
Karen wrote: Character is the basis for our conduct and conversation. God and I are working on this together. For some, it means going through the Refiner’s fire. The intensity of this fire varies. But it helps us to remember, What does God mean to me? Who owns me? Where is my citizenship?
Michael’s observation: She then asked the ladies to turn in their Bibles to Job 23:10 which she has underlined. “But He knows the way that I take: when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” She then took them to 1 Peter 1:7. There Peter expanded the concept of this refining fire and explained how the believer’s character is developed during these times. Peter said, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” Those three questions as we go through trials and difficulties will help us to trust the Lord and know that He is developing our character. He doesn’t abandon us in the fiery trials. He carries us through and teaches us lifelong lessons, if we allow Him to do so.
We smile at calling someone “a real character.” But having a Godly, Christ-honoring character should be the goal of each of us.