by Ernest Easley

Have Character - Don't Be One!
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 1:20-22

As you're turning to 2 Corinthians chapter 1, I want to ask you a question: Are you becoming more like Jesus? Well? Are you? Can you look back over your life and see how you've become more like Jesus over the years?

What about this past year? If you truly know Jesus, you have surely become more like Him. The Bible tells says that you are ''… predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son ..'' (Romans 8.29).

Do you need some blessed assurance today that you're saved? One way you can KNOW that you're saved is by having a desire to be more like Jesus! There will be a longing in your heart for holiness! There will be a passion in your heart for purity! There will be a drive deep within your heart to walk like Jesus walked.

So, if you have no desire to be more like Jesus; if there's no longing in your heart for holiness; if there's no passion in your heart for purity; if there's no drive within you to walk like Jesus walked: Come to Jesus! Be saved! Invite Jesus to save you and begin this new journey of faith.

Know this: The more time you spend with Jesus, the more like Jesus you become. We're talking about Christian Character; character that looks like Jesus!

So how do we become more like Jesus? Is Christian Character, being more like Jesus something we get from attending a small group or a worship gathering or a Bible conference? Well, I suppose they can help.

Yet, I know people who attend a small group and worship gatherings and special conferences and walk out just as they walked in: still running low on Christian character! If we're going to become more like Jesus, we better make sure that our character tanks are being filled daily! Like one man said,

''Have Character -- Don't Be One!''

You say, ''Ernest, what is character?'' Well, Evangelist D. L. Moody said, ''character is what you are in the dark.'' Abraham Lincoln said, ''Character is like a tree, ...

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