- God's Will
"that the man of God may be complete"
+ 2 Timothy 3:17
For the individual committed to following Christ, that individual must
prepare for the climb of his/her life. Knowing God's will means knowing
His word. As St. Paul conveyed to Timothy, "All Scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be
complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God's ultimate call to us is to become more Christ-like. Then God said,
"Let us make man in our image, in our likeness"... "So God created man
in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he
created them." (Genesis 1:26-27), and since Jesus was His image and
hence perfect humanity; "He is the image of the invisible God, the
firstborn over all creation." (Colossians 1:15), the character qualities
of Jesus help describe us humans at our best.
Character qualities of Jesus Christ:
There are 49 character qualities, each month we will focus on one:
Ideally, in the process, every individual will ultimately come into a
vibrant, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. "Behold, I stand at
the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will
come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)
This will result not from the attainment of good character, however, but
from faith in Jesus Christ. "For by grace you have been saved through
faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works,
lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2: 8-9)
Christlike character can not earn or attain a relationship with Him, but
it can enhance the relationship with Him. "But as many as received Him,
to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who
believe in His name" (John 1:12)
In short, for the Christian, practicing good character is a matter of
loving God, self, and others.
May the grace of God be with you in everything you do.
Servant of Christ,
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"Life is an opportunity to serve, love, and forgive as God, himself, has
done for us."
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