The Foundation of Character by David Cawston

The Foundation of Character
David Cawston
2 Peter 1:1-5

DEFINE VIRTUE - Moral Excellence or Character
Virtue is considered a necessary ingredient in the exercise of faith
It is the outward working of an inward powerful change.

Two portions of scripture address this thought of Virtue:
1. Colossians 3:5-14
2. Eph 4:22-32

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

Introduction:

When you come to a relationship with God through faith it is not to just provide you a "get out of hell card" free.

James 2:19-20
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-- and tremble!
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (NKJ)

If you believe that Christ really saved you then you must add to your faith the works of virtue-moral excellence or character.

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