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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
cern for others - the spirit of competition, opposition, strife, ef–
fort to acquire, and to exalt the self. Humans have been filled with
self-gratification, jealousy, envy, resentment toward others, a spirit
of rebellion against authority and hostility toward God and the
LawofGod.
The Christian must overcome these tendencies.
The Christian must develop the righteous
CHARACTER
to
choose the right way, and resist the wrong - to discipline the
self
in the way he ought to go, instead of the way of self-desire and
vanity.
Peñect Character
God's
PURPOSE
in having created humanity - in having caused
YOU
to be born - is to reproduce Himself. (Write for our free
booklet
Why Were You Born?)
God, above all things,
is
PERFECT, RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER!
God is able to create character within us; but it must be done as a
result of our independent free choice. We, as individual separate
entities, have our part in the process.
What
is
perfect character?
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is the ability, in a separate entity
with free moral agency, to come to the
KNOWLEDGE
of the right
from the wrong - the true from the false - and to
CHOOSE
the
right, and possess the
WILL
to enforce self-discipline to
DO
the
right and resist the wrong.
Like muscle, character is developed, and grows by exercise. My
name is Armstrong. 1suppose 1could make my arm slightly stronger,
and develop the muscle, by constantly bending it back and forth at
the elbow. But ifl pull, or push, against sorne heavy weight or resis–
tance, the muscle will develop much faster. There is within us this
NATU
RE
that exerts a heavy pull
against
that perfect righteous charac–
ter- to give us something to
strive against
for the
VERY PURPOSE OF
STRENGTHENING AND DEVELOPING RIGHT CHARACTER!
God's
CHARACTER
travels in the direction of His Law - the
way of
LOVE.
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is an outgoing
CONCERN
for others. God has that
character! He has an outgoing concern for you and for me. He
GAVE
His only begotten Son to reconcile us to Him and make the
JOYS
of His character and everlasting life possible for us (John
3: 16). He showers on us every good and precious gift. He even