A Letter to a Father about Character

As I write this letter, I want to first say Happy Thanksgiving to all but what I also would like to give thanks for is the revelation of character from God. When you think of the word character, there are a few words that come to mind. The words that come to mind are words such as reputation, image, a moral person, temperament, disposition, and identity. There are a few things you must know about character one is that character is subtle. Character attracts loyalty and character never change it is consistent. In the book of 1 Peter chapter 1 verses 15-16 it reads, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” In these particular verses, it is simply saying be ONE of your deeds, acts, and words. In other words keep your words, deeds, and acts all in alignment or all one. A person that has character is consistent and unwavering with their convictions and principles. You must understand that Principles are laws which never change, for example just as you have the law of motion and the law of gravity a person that values marriage will stand on the principle or law of not committing adultery.
Today we live in a society where there is politics. You see politics in the news and people come on and give their views and points, and it is simply the politician who is most popular that persuades the audience or wins the vote. A politician will compromise on their values to achieve their goal of winning. I want to shed some light on this because when it comes to your life and the people that make the big decisions about our way of living you want someone who has character, not someone who is popular. I want you to see the importance of character because someone is watching and that someone is our future, our children. The reason I felt compelled to write about the subject of character is that when I observed my previous actions in my own life I have missed the mark, and some may be asking how you have missed the mark. If I could be transparent for a moment. I have had two children out of wedlock myself, and I can tell my kids not to have children until they are married, don’t do what I did but what if they choose to overlook what I say and because of what I have done decided to do it anyway. The point I want you to understand is that character protects your words. I want to share a statement that I heard someone say that I would like for you to remember and that is “The foundation of trust is integrity.” Character is integrity, and if you have integrity people will follow you, but if they don’t trust you, they will not follow you. This statement is true for relationships and leadership. I received a revelation about character after reading the book of Genesis. In Genesis chapter 1 verse 26 the bible lets us know we are like God. “And God said, Let us make man in our IMAGE, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” The part in this particular verse that I wish for you to understand is the part that says “And God said, Let us make man in our Image” Image is Character, so therefore we were made with God’s character inside of us. Have you ever wonder why you felt bad when you did something you know you had no business doing even if no one seen you do it or better yet no one will ever find out? I will tell you why it is because it is not the character of God and your spirit knows. You see a person of Character doesn’t care if you know what they are doing in their private life because what they do in their private life determines whether or not a person will trust them in their public life. My prayer for all Fathers is to be a man of character so that you can lead your families with integrity and dignity just as you were created to do. It is my prayer that others will see and experience the Kingdom of God through your life.

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