“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Character is something that every human possesses. And though it resides internally its effects are displayed externally. It is evaluated and judged to be either good or bad and can determine the path for success or failure.
With that being said, a person’s character is a very important component of their individuality. And according to the scripture verse referenced above character is also something that God pays close attention to.
So what is character?
The dictionary defines character as;
- Character, individuality, personality refer to the sum of the characteristics possessed by a person. Character refers especially to moral qualities, ethical standards, principles, and integrity.
Character is the sum of the characteristics possessed by a person and characteristics are the internal consummation of values.
Values do not come naturally, they are taught. And once taught, they need to be adopted in order to become moral qualities, ethical standards, principles and integrity.
The question is what type of values will we teach, adopt, and implement? Will they be good, mediocre, weak, or bad? Sooner or later time will tell and no matter how guarded we are, a moment will arise that will expose the truth of our character.
Figuratively speaking, walls, facades, and curtains can not withstand the “mirror moment.” Being caught off guard such as, stubbing a toe, the fender bender, spilled milk, etc, instantly places us in the seat of reaction. All pretenses are stripped away leaving only the truth of our character exposed.
Likewise the testing of character pulls the curtain aside to reveal the values we’ve adopted. Testing comes at unpredictable times and through unexpected measures. Sickness, injury, loss, etc. It is in the steadfast reaction that reveals the integrity of our character.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Caught off guard or tested….both situations reveal a persons character. And though we do not relish the moments when they arise, we can look to them constructively. It is a two edged sword and our chance to look in the mirror and ask do we like the reflection?