May 1, 2014

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 24:1-22

“The development of character is at the heart of our development not just as leaders, but as human beings.” ~ John Maxwell

It is easy to read today’s passage and see a bunch of rules and regulations for the Israelites. Many of which seem very outdated and hard for us to apply to our everyday lives. However, as we look at each of these laws we can see one major theme of character. Each of these laws forces the Israelites to act in a way that exhibits the character of God. These laws call Israel to be loving and kind to the poor (v.12-15; 19-22), How to treat their neighbor (v.10), how to respond rightly in the case of a divorce (v.1-4) and how to put family first (v.5).

So today I would like to challenge each of us to do an assignment from John Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.” I hope that this helps each of us cultivate the character of Christ in our own lives.

To improve your character, do the following:

Search for the Cracks. Spend some time looking at the major areas of your life (work, marriage, family, service, etc.) and identify anywhere you might have cut corners, compromised, or let people down. Write down every instance you can recall from the past two months.

Look for patterns. Examine the responses that you just wrote down. Is there a particular area where you have a weakness, or do you have a type of problem that keeps surfacing? Detectable patterns will help you diagnose character issues.

Face the music. Then beginning of character repair comes when you face your flaws, apologize, and deal with the consequences of your actions. Create a list of people to whom you need to apologize for your actions, and then follow through with sincere apologies.

It’s one thing to face up to your past actions. It’s another to build a new future. Now that you’ve identified any areas of weakness, create a plan that will prevent you from making the same mistakes again.

Posted: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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