Isaiah 48:10

Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual...

As Christians our character is formed in the furnace of affliction.Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10.

Biblically the godly character in a person is produced through the withstanding of tests and trials....not the bystanding of them. One such example was Joseph...before He was promoted to become second in command in the land of Egypt he had to endure many seasons of being the least...he was sold, imprisoned, accused and forgotten by man but beloved he was far from being forgotten by God...

Joseph withstanding all that was thrown his way developed his character in such a way that allowed him to glorify God when He walked into his calling...Don't let your calling take you where your character can't uphold you and endure the has its purpose just as Joseph realised once he had endured his. Genesis 50:20.

The afflictions we each face won't always be the same but they will be directly linked to God's call on our lives...He allows these tests and trials in our lives because they produce the character that He requires for what He has called us to.....this may see us having to endure things we would much rather flee from.

The furnace of affliction has a way of developing in us godly character that nothing else is only through experience that some things can be learnt and acquired or we lose certain character traits that we need rid of.....we gain humility and lose pride...we gain empathy and lose self centredness, we gain perspective and lose subjectiveness, we gain love and lose unforgiveness, we gain Faith and lose unbelief.....

Be more concerned with your character not your reputation beloved for your character is what you really are whereas reputation is just what others think you are. So shy not away from afflictions...endure the process....and remember character maketh a man.

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