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A Person of Character

Weekly Devotionals

A Person of Character

John 15: 1-5

1I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Quite recently, the media was covered with news of Korean Airline CEO’s 2nd daughter insulting an advertising executive and throwing water in his face.

Few years back, her older sister made international headlines over the infamous ‘nut rage’ scandal in which she demanded a Korean Airplane return to the gate to remove a flight attendant who had served her macadamia nuts in a bag instead of a bowl. They are still facing public shame and outrage. Unfortunately, there have been many similar incidents of people mistreating and dishonoring others.

We often see people with charisma, gifts and charm, but a person of character is hard to come by. Many have gifts that will get them somewhere but they lack character to keep them there. But the bible tells us that we are to become Christ-like in all of our ways.

But how do we develop character? Our character is formed by habits and habits are formed by discipline or the lack of discipline. It’s about the daily choices and decisions we make and what kind of discipline or ‘habits of grace’ we choose to form in our lives. This may sound legalistic and like WE have to try and work hard to do things right ourselves, but this is actually about us depending on God each moment and learning to cooperate with what the Holy Spirit is trying to do on the inside of us.

John 15 tells us that we are simply to abide in Christ in total surrender and dependence, while Christ saps and channels all the nutrients from the roots to the branches to keep us nourished; and God prunes us. The word ‘prune’ means to ‘cut away’ or ‘trim off.’ He prunes us so that we can bear richer and more excellent fruit.

Unfortunately, we often don’t like this because this pruning process can be painful, but God does it anyway because He loves us and greatly desires that we be more like Him. And thank God that He knows the end from the beginning and He sees the end result of who we are going to be after all the pruning’s done. Some of us have no idea of how good we’re going to look when God gets done with us.

So through daily struggles and difficulties, my prayer for all of us is that we’ll abide in Christ, learn to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and have eyes to see what God is doing in our lives.

May we all become people of godly character!