Godly Character

Godly Character

There are women mentioned in the Bible both Old and New Testaments like Ruth,

Noami, Rahab, Queen Esther, Abigail, the wife of Nabal then became the wife of

King David, Dorcas, Mary the Mother of Jesus and many more had life stories that

influenced our Christian life, from whom we learned lessons from their life

experiences. They were like us, with weaknesses and strengths; battles fought

and won, faced with difficult situations and overcame them. They had

encountered God one way or another. However, one thing stood out from each one of

them: their character, godly character molded by God, their Creator, with

devoted hearts surrendered to the will of God. They willingly obeyed what God

had commanded them to do, and allowed God to work in their lives being

changed from glory to glory.

Some of them were outcast in the society because of health or physical condition

or profession, but their past did not hinder them from following Jesus and living a life

worthy of Him. After they received physical, emotional, mental and spiritual

healing, they moved on serving God who healed them. They served Him until

their last breath like Anna, the prophetess and a widow who lived almost 100

years or more. Her advanced age and being a widow did not stop her from serving

God. She did not succumb to pity-party because of her age that brought

limitations on what she can do for God or, status in life but instead, she served

God with prayers and fasting night and day without departing from the temple of

the Lord. (Luke 2:29). Mary Magdalene who received her healing after being

possessed by seven demons and identified as a prostitute did not hesitate to

follow Jesus wherever He went for a mission and dedicated herself in generously

supporting Jesus and His ministry. She became loyal to Him until His death and

resurrection. She became the first to witnessed Jesus’ resurrection and was

charged to bring the good news to the apostles thus becoming the “apostle to the

apostles.” The Samaritan woman whom Jesus talked to at the well was quick

to spread the news of her meeting with Jesus, and through this

many came to believe in Him. (John 4:4–26). Her continuing

witness is said to have brought so many to the Christian faith

that she is described as “equal to the apostles”.

These women became God’s instrument to bring His hope, love, and peace to the

world through their life’s story. They became a testimony of God’s goodness and

faithfulness and attested that The God whom they believed, trusted and served

during their lifetime will never change. He is the same yesterday, today and

forever – the God in whom we can trust. Like them, we are created by God not to

be focused on ourselves. It is not about us but it is about God and God alone. He

created us with a purpose. “For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you, says

the Lord, thoughts, and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you

hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11). “I have been crucified with Christ;

it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the

flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

(Galatians 2:20) What story of our life are we telling our family, our friends, to

people around us that will prove that Jesus is Lord of our life? What legacy, are

we leaving behind that will give glory to God?

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