Godly Traits of a Great Man
The "C" Study
What Is Character?
• The traits that define or describe a person.
• What you are other than biological factors.
• The conduct that makes up your reputation.
• The code of conduct that rules most actions.
• The discipline and defaults for what you do.
How Is It Measured?
• Your family does not count – they are biased.
• But God's judgment is perfect – and in writing!
• And other good men count – they tell the truth.
• Also by fruit, friends, results, position, or praise.
• We measure prospective spouses by a chart.
How Does It Affect Me?
• Men count on character for jobs and businesses.
• Friends seek character for pleasure and safety.
• Marriage, young person, depends greatly on it.
• Any testimony for Jesus or truth depends on it.
• Safety, peace, joy, and prosperity depend on it.
Is It Important?
• The concept, but not the word, is in the Bible.
• A good name is put above wealth (Prov 22:1).
• God saved you to be like His Son (Rom 8:29).
• Offence is against your calling (I Cor 10:31-33).
• A good one glorifies God and defends the truth.
It Has Competitors
• The world wants you to worry about your IQ.
• Or how well you do in sports. Can you believe it?
• Or how well you do in business.
• Or whether you are attractive or not.
• Or how popular you are with worldlings.
You Can Change It
• Your goal and plan should be to improve it.
• To grow … in favor with God and man.
• To grow … in grace and the knowledge of Christ.
• To increase … more and more as Paul wrote.
• To perfect … that which is lacking in your life.
Hear God's Word
"The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net."
Hear God's Word
"Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"
Hear God's Word
"He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me."
"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
"And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?"
"And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men."
I Samuel 2:26
"Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by."
I Samuel 18:30
"Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium."
Areas of Character
• The subject is very broad and beyond one study.
• Everything you think, say, or do is your character.
• You should think about it always and everywhere.
• As men, as pastor, we must remind one another.
• For a reminder, here are the "C's" of character.
The "C's" of Character
• Let's study 24 character traits starting with 'c'.
• Many of the words may not be from the Bible.
• But the intent of the character trait is from God.
• Words we use commonly help us grasp concepts.
• Let's take God's word and make it real in 2012.
Cautious - 1
• Careful and slow to weigh risks / contingencies.
• Prudent men foresee evil and hide (Pr 22:3; 27:12).
• They also look well to their going (Pr 14:15).
• It is true … it is better to be safe than sorry.
• Haste makes waste … wise men are not hasty.
Cautious - 2
• An ounce of prevention = a pound of cure. True!
• Faithful men are more like tortoises than hares!
• He that hasteth with his feet sinneth (Pr 19:2).
• What trait gives more hope to a fool (Pr 29:20)?
• Haste exalts folly and brings want (Pr 14:29; 21:5).
Competent - 1
• Knowledgeable and skilled at a trade or duty.
• Wise men know if they are competent or not.
• Wise men are reticent if they are not competent.
• Wise men know it takes work to be competent.
• Restrain yourself unless very competent to talk.
Competent - 2
• A transferable skill falls into this character trait.
• Paul the scholar was good at sewing (Acts 18:3).
• Do not volunteer for things you do not fully grasp.
• You cannot beat a man at his trade. Believe it!
• Think Joseph and Daniel, examples of this trait.
Credit-Worthy - 1
• Financially prudent to earn others' money trust.
• Worthy of receiving loans by certain repayment.
• Employers now check credit for your character.
• Masters love a man they can trust with the safe.
• Who made another's flock whole for any losses?
Credit-Worthy - 2
• Your ability to advance very far in life requires it.
• Faithfulness in little things brings more trust.
• Trust with others' money is a goal and flattery.
• You earn this privilege by money temperance.
• Provide things honest and make everyone whole.
Cynical - 1
• Prudent pessimism to believe nothing without proof.
• Prudence is to thoroughly grasp what is at hand.
• Only simple men believe everything (Pr 14:15).
• This certainly applies to "insider" information.
• There is more "information" than ever before.
Cynical - 2
• Bereans were noble for checking Paul (Ac 17:11).
• Prove all things; hold fast the good (I Thess 5:21).
• We receive Bible preaching with a ready mind.
• Things that sound too good to be true … are not!
• Wisdom is able to recognize fools and scams.
Conscientious - 1
• Sober and serious attitude and approach to life.
• Living by a conscience sensitive and heeded.
• What kept Joseph the most from Mrs. Potiphar?
• How did David treat flocks and men of Nabal?
• How attentive are you to the details of a project?
Conscientious - 2
• If you ignore your conscience, it will go away!
• Men love those who treat their things as their own.
• Always clean up jobs? Always roast hunt game?
• Do you communicate, clarify, and follow up?
• Follow instructions, or your own ideas instead?
Conviction - 1
• Sense of guilt or shame calling for reformation.
• Some men are past feeling … past conviction.
• If not acted on, conviction will be less and less.
• No preaching or wisdom can then reach you.
• Pray for it … appreciate it … and run with it.
Conviction - 2
• It is the motive of heaven for doing things right.
• It remembers David, "Is there not a cause?"
• It takes all preaching to heart … not to neighbor.
• It looks to learn publicly or privately to improve.
• What are you going to do about your character?
Conscious - 1
• Well aware of what you are doing and its effects.
• This is not a medical definition for being awake.
• Some talk and act like their mind is far, far away.
• Awareness to others and your effect is crucial.
• Offence caused by insensitivity can be avoided.
Conscious - 2
• Some parents cannot hear their own children.
• Sarcastic souls can leave others bleeding.
• Conscious of announcements, or just careless?
• Going through the motions or pacing is not good.
• Do not just let life happen … take it by the horns.
Considerate - 1
• Thinking about others to be helpful and kind.
• We are bound to consider one another (He 10:24).
• We are to be kindly affectioned also (Rom 12:10).
• When it is good to say, "Thank you," then do it!
• When you can offer to help another, then do it!
Considerate - 2
• Recall, "Keepers of the Kingdom," means you.
• Consider what goes into large church events.
• Consider who might be fearful, nervous, worried.
• How many of recent visitors did you greet?
• What have you done recently to thank parents?
Compassionate - 1
• Affectionate benevolence to an afflicted person.
• Empathetic sympathy for others in any distress.
• This has nothing to do with you … but others.
• Who and whom in Nain fit the matter (Lk 7:11-13)?
• Do you grasp, "As bound with them," in Heb 13:3?
Compassionate - 2
• Do you have bowels of mercy for those suffering?
• When in authority, do you love to forgive others?
• Can you overlook faults, knowing others' frame?
• Think … others have lives … greater than yours!
• Stop thinking and talking about yourself … now!
Condescending - 1
• Getting down to properly learn and help others.
• This definition is opposite the world (Rom 12:16).
• No one in the church is too low for you to stoop.
• From children to the aged, we should serve all.
• If you want God to descend to you, then do it!
Condescending - 2
• Get off your high horse and get down to others.
• There are only brethren in Christ's kingdom.
• Were the three VIP's too low for you last Sunday?
• What are halt, lame, and blind for? (Lu 14:12-14).
• What does I Cor 1 and James 2 say about poor?
Conventional - 1
• Living in a way accepted by most – in most ways.
• Before thinking outside the box, try inside it!
• The truth is strange, but Paul gave no offence.
• Loving others includes seemly conduct (I Co 13:5)!
• If you like being weird, then limit it to your mind.
Conventional - 2
• Convention generally means tested and proven.
• How do you pick attire, speech, conduct, etc.?
• The farther away from convention the more risk.
• The farther away from convention more offence.
• Christian liberty is true … but wisely restricted.
Circumspect - 1
• Examine every angle and degree of every action.
• To be wise, you must be circumspect (Eph 5:15).
• Godly men do not judge by appearance (Jn 7:24).
• Exhaustively consider a thing before doing it.
• Think others are too slow? You are too hasty.
Circumspect - 2
• Part of circumspect is a multitude of counselors.
• Do you have a good feel, or good business plan?
• Do you see consequences removed and distant?
• Do you see effects on others and their plans?
• How to? Slow down, be critical, be exhaustive.
Contented - 1
• Satisfaction with your place and possessions.
• Contentment is a choice and great gain (I Ti 6:6).
• Discontentment will ruin you as a Christian.
• Discontentment is lose-lose: fantasy and reality.
• The happiest people are the most contented.
Contented - 2
• God chose your life for His glory and your profit.
• If walking with God, nothing else matters at all.
• Discontentment does not allow relaxed pleasure.
• Discontentment wastes energy, thought, etc.
• It is a denial of our beloved sovereignty of God.
Christ-Centered - 1
• Your life is prioritized and structured around Him!
• God chose you to conform to His Son (Rom 8:29).
• Glory in Christ more than anything (Gal 6:14).
• God's kingdom is always FIRST in life (Matt 6:33).
• Anything detracting or dulling from it is rejected.
Christ-Centered - 2
• Do most you meet soon know you're a Christian?
• If a father, children soon figure out if you are.
• What did Moses lose for the reproach of Christ?
• What did Paul count everything as in his life?
• Home, bedroom, auto … Jesus should be Lord!
Charity - 1
• The greatest grace and bond of perfectness.
• The definition is sweet and thorough (I Cor 13:4-7).
• This is how you should treat each person in life.
• Your religion is totally vain without godly love.
• How glorious are you to overlook faults (Pr 19:11)?
Charity - 2
• Do you believe and hope all things for peace?
• Is it a pleasure to devise liberal things (Is 32:8)?
• It is more forgiving others than sending cards.
• Divide the Samaritan from Haiti earthquake.
• Love is the greatest proof of God, for He is love.
Communicative - 1
• Verbally open, honest, thorough, and helpful.
• The "strong, silent type" cannot be a great saint.
• Silence abuses your wife and children (Col 3:21).
• True friends are open and transparent (Jn 15:15).
• The most help you can give others is by your lips.
Communicative - 2
• A good word fitly spoken is beautiful (Pr 25:11).
• Gracious speech is what wins kings (Pr 22:11).
• A good thought not expressed is worthless.
• A good word makes a heavy heart glad (Pr 12:25).
• Being thankful falls short: you must give thanks.
Confident - 1
• Bold courage to do anything needed or wanted.
• The righteous are bold as a lion (Pr 28:1). Are you?
• What kind of man sees lions (Pr 22:13; 26:13)?
• Not self-confidence … but godly-confidence!
• David ran thru a troop and leaped a wall. How?
Confident - 2
• The fear of man brings a snare … so trust God!
• If Jesus is with us, we may boldly say … (Heb 13:6).
• Do you know that guilt will remove manhood?
• Do your reasonable best, trust God for the rest.
• Nothing is too hard for Him: submit plans to Him.
Conservative - 1
• The least risky of two otherwise neutral options.
• All things may be lawful … are they expedient?
• What two animals best describe a foolish surety?
• Christian liberty is a fact … but not your license!
• Successful men are temperate in all things.
Conservative - 2
• Violating your conscience makes anything a sin.
• It is better to understate than to exaggerate.
• Music and television should be ruled harshly.
• The stricter you are with friends the better.
• Modesty is not for concluding … close enough.
Classy - 1
• Cultured, refined, liberal way of doing things.
• Opposite of redneck, crude, rude, country, etc.
• There is more than one way to perform every act.
• Classy conduct adorns what you do with grace.
• What of Elijah and John? They were exceptions!
Classy - 2
• It does not have to be costly … just done well.
• Don't expect elegance from your wife, if brutish.
• This is derived from being without offence.
• This is connected to devising liberal things.
• This is doing everything to adorn Christianity.
Cheerful - 1
• Joyful happiness and excitement about anything.
• Christians are to rejoice – they should be happy.
• But the world? … Be of good cheer, Jesus won!
• Your testimony totally loses if you are depressed.
• Everyone is glad to be around a cheerful person.
Cheerful - 2
• God has put great joy in our hearts … show it!
• What did kings think of sad sacks in old times?
• God will judge those not glad for all things.
• Wives and children suffer if you are cast down.
• If all were cheerful all the time … what a church!
Childish - 1
• Humble and simple approach to many things.
• You must be childish to enter Christ's kingdom.
• Be childish when it comes to malice (I Cor 14:20).
• Enthusiasm to enjoy the simple things of life.
• How will you condescend without being childish?
Childish - 2
• Do you eagerly listen to truth like a child to you?
• Solomon's attitude brought God's great blessing.
• Our attitude of being babes will bring blessing.
• Instead of pretences, let us promote innocence.
• Every family needs some "love and fun." Recall?
Clever - 1
• Prudence and wisdom for examining and acting.
• A synonym for knowledge and understanding.
• Clever answers take study and careful thought.
• Clever choices require cynicism and caution.
• Clever men handle matters wisely (Pr 16:20).
Clever - 2
• How clever are you at managing your wife's life?
• How clever at winning your children's hearts?
• Watch and learn from those older and wiser.
• Ask questions and use a multitude of counselors.
• God will give liberal wisdom to those that ask.
Cooperative - 1
• Agree to happily submit to the wishes of others.
• Why the lesson of the desert locust (Pr 30:27)?
• We submit ourselves to one another (Eph 5:21).
• Peace in an organization or organism requires it.
• Can you get excited about another's ideas?
Cooperative - 2
• Do you build the family by celebrating each one.
• We are to endeavor for unity of peace (Eph 4:3).
• Do you rejoice or weep with those doing such?
• A church is for loving and serving, not vice versa.
• The ultimate – celebrating a repenting sinner!
Curious - 1
• Interest in learning how and why of many things.
• This is intermeddling with all wisdom (Pr 18:1).
• A concern is curiosity about doctrine and truth.
• A good father, unlike David, is curious (I Kgs 1:6).
• Growth in wisdom requires it or you get dumber.
Curious - 2
• Prudent men know their industries well (Pr 27:23).
• They go beyond industry to find the best jobs.
• Good husbands learn women and wife (I Pet 3:7).
• Wisdom is to be hunted as hid treasure (Pr 2:1-5).
• You can get answers faster today than ever.
You Can Improve It
• Let your wife or parents score you by these 24!
• Fill yourself with God's word – Lady Wisdom!
• Walk with God for Holy Spirit guide and power.
• Follow those that do have great character.
• Choose high-charactered men for your friends.
You Can Improve It
• Character starts in the heart – keep it diligently.
• All the traits must fit together by mutual limits.
• Examine yourself by the traits of this study.
• Five inputs taught elsewhere make a difference.
• Exercise your spirit and mind in every event.
You Can Improve It
• Do less rather than more, but do it perfectly.
• Talk less and listen more. Be angry and sin not.
• Rule your spirit, for it wants to ruin character.
• Cut losses and get away from danger (Eccl 10:1).
• Consider life an opportunity to be more perfect!
For Further Study
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