July 1, 2022 9:08 pm

Live a life distinguished by persistent moral virtue, DOCOMOYUP Chaplain lll Tells Young People


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Being a Seminar paper presented by Mrs Chinyere Emeruwa, DOCOMOYUP Chaplain lll at the 2022 Junior Synod at St. Andrew’s church Nsukwe na Amibo, Ubakala North Archdeaconry on Wednesday 27th April, 2022.

Theme: EXAMINE YOURSELF: STILL IN FAITH? (2 Cor.13:5)

Topic: Your Character! Your Identity! (Matthew 16: 13-17)


Keywords: ‘ *Character’* and ‘ *Identity’* 
Definition of terms:


 *Character : This is the  mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual; The aggregate of features and traits that form the  individual nature of someone  or thing; The way someone thinks, feels or behaves.

A cross section of the Participants


 *Identity: Who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you; The individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known.


 *Introduction
A person’s character is the sum of his or her disposition, thoughts, intentions, desires, and actions.It is good to remember that character is gauged by general tendencies, not on the basis of a few isolated actions.We must look at the whole life. For example, King David was a man of good character (1 Samuel 13:14) although he sinned on occasion (2 Samuel 11). And although King Ahab may have acted nobly once (1 Kings 22:35), he was still a man of overall bad character (1 Kings 16:33).
Several people in the Bible are described as having noble character: Ruth (Ruth 3:11), Hanani (Nehemiah 7:2), David (Psalm 78:72), and Job (Job 2:3).These individuals’ lives were distinguished by persistent moral virtue. Character is influenced and developed by our choices. Daniel “resolved not to defile himself” in Babylon (Daniel 1:8), and that godly choice was an important step in formulating an unassailable integrity in the young man’s life which gave him an identity.

Mrs Chinyere Emeruwa delivering the lecture

Character, in turn, influences our choices. “The integrity of the upright guides them” (Proverbs 11:3a). Character will help us weather the storms of life and keep us from sin (Proverbs 10:9a).


 *EXAMPLES OF GOOD CHARACTER*
We look at the fruits of the Holy  Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23
– Love; Peace- Forbearance- Kindness- Goodness- Faithfulness- Gentleness-  Self Control- Contentment.

 *EXAMPLES OF BAD CHARACTERS
Galatians 5:19-21
– Adultery- Fornication- Jealousy- Selfishness- Hatred- Nagging – Too much talk *HOW  WE CAN  DEVELOP OUR A GODLY CHARACTER* 

Mrs Chinyere Emeruwa

It is the Lord’s purpose to develop character within us. “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart” (Proverbs 17:3). Godly character is the result of the Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification. Character in the believer is a consistent manifestation of Jesus in his life. It is the purity of heart that God gives becoming purity in action. God sometimes uses trials to strengthen character: “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4). The Lord is pleased when His children grow in character. “You test the heart and are pleased with integrity” (1 Chronicles 29:17; see also Psalm 15:1-2).


We can develop character by: 
– Honouring God. Heb.12:28-29- Diligently seeking God. Heb.11:6- Producing fruits and be profitable. John15:2,Luke. 19: 11-27- Being careful of satanic and wordily influence. Eph.6:12,16- Having a clear Vision of God’s plan. Prv.29.18- Controlling our thoughts (Philippians 4:8)- Practicing Christian virtues (2 Peter 1:5-6).- Guarding our hearts (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:18-20), and – keeping good company (1 Corinthians 15:33). 

Men and women of character will set a good example for others to follow, and their godly reputation will be evident to all (Titus 2:7-8).
As young ladies with special expectations, we are  required to allow the Holy Spirit control everything about us. The fruits of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Galatians 5:19-21 is important very important in this our present age , for us to be outstanding.


  *Conclusion
I want us to conclude by asking ourselves this question:Who do people say, Iam?

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