At the beginning of His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ walked along the shore of the sea of Galilee and called out to two fishermen, Peter and Andrew. “Follow me“ The invitation to follow Christ is an invitation to follow His example and to become more like Him. We cannot fully do that without his help.
We are living in tumultuous times that can push us to our limits. As we develop these core character traits we will find greater peace and courage to meet our challenges each day and begin to feel greater love and compassion for others.
Christlike attributes are gifts from God, who loves us and desires to bless us. As we ask for His help, He will bless us with the gifts we seek.
May we all grow together in character, integrity and love for one another as we seek these gifts.
What is faith? Where does faith show up in my life? How can I increase in faith?
What must change in my heart, mind and actions to develop this attribute?
Just a few of the aspects of the character trait of faith that we'll be exploring in February.
"Choose faith over doubt, choose faith over fear, choose faith over the unknown and the unseen, and choose faith over pessimism."
~Richard C. Edgley
"The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith."
~ Billy Graham
Hope is manifest in confidence,ptimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.
It is believing and expecting that something will occur.
When you have hope, you work through trials and difficulties with the confidence and assurance that all things will work together for your good.
Hope helps you conquer discouragement.
"Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future." ~Robert Schuller
Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope. Moroni 7:42
Typically we think of Charity as service to those less fortunate or contributing to worthwhile causes. While those are two very important and needed ways to show Charity, Paul goes on to elaborate more fully on the characteristic of Charity in a letter to the church at Corinth.
(New Testament, I Corinthians 13)
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is Charity."
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