by Rick White

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Series: Who You Are When No One's Looking
Rick White
2 Timothy 1:7

(2 Tim 1:7 NASB) For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

(Psa 27:14 NASB) Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

(Psa 31:24 NASB) Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.

(Isa 35:4 NASB) Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you."

Introduction: The word character is seldom used in the Bible, and we don't see it very often in newspapers or hear it on television. Yet we know what it means, and we immediately recognize its absence. People who never use the word character look around them at promiscuity, busy abortion clinics and the current epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, and mourn the passing or morality. They see elected officials taking bribes, business leaders demanding kickbacks, and investors parlaying inside information into untold wealth, and they lament the demise of integrity. They read about abuse and homelessness and wonder what has happened to caring.

Character, a wise person once said, is what we do when no one is looking. It is really not what we have done but who we are. For the next several weeks we are going to talk about the subject of character, specifically certain character traits, courage, discipline, vision, endurance, and love.

Almost fifty years ago a mural artist named J.H. Zorthian read about a tiny boy who had been killed in traffic. His stomach churned as he thought of that ever happening to one of his three children. His worry became an inescapable anxiety. The more he imagined such a tragedy, the more fearful he became. His effectiveness as an artist was put on hold once he started running scared.

Ultimately he surrendered to his obsession. Canceling his negotiations to purchase ...

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