Does Character Matter?

Does Character Matter?
Matthew 15:16-20, Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 4:23-27
Life Question: Isn't everyone doing it? (whatever it is...)

The big catch phrase in society today is "Character Counts". You see it in the schools, you hear it on TV. But character is more than just a catch phrase, more than just a slogan, more than a motto. Character does count, character really does matter.

Character comes from within (the heart). In the Matthew scripture, Jesus is being rebuked from the scribes and Pharisees because His disciples broke one of their traditions. Yet the Pharisees were guilty of breaking one of their traditions which led to breaking one of the ten commandments.

People in that day believed what they ate determined whether they were clean or unclean. Jesus told them it was not what was put in the body that made them clean or unclean, it was what came out of the heart. The Pharisees majored on rituals without regard to such character flaws as murder, adultery, evil thoughts, etc.
God cares more about the quality of your character than He does the rituals you perform. God knows who you really are and what you really are when no one else is looking. Are you just going through the motions? God knows your heart. The Bible says "they honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me".

The Proverbs 6 scripture deals with 6 things, no 7 things, that are detestable to God. They are arrogant eyes (pride), a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among the brothers.
Are you guilty of any of these in your heart?

Proverbs 4 tells us how to allow God to shape our character in order to please Him. Guard your heart above all else!!! Why? because it is the source of life.  Out of the heart comes the issues of life.

Verses 24-27 tell us some specific ways to guard (or protect) our heart. They are don't speak dishonestly or deviously. If we guard the things we say, it will guard the way we feel.

The next thing is to guard our eyes; what we look at, what we expose ourselves to. The eyes are a gateway to our heart. Keep our gaze fixed straight ahead on things that are pure.

The next area to guard is our feet. Proverbs says to carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established. Our feet can take us to godly places or to places where we are tempted to compromise. Guard your feet by not turning to the left or right; keep your feet from evil.

Think about this checklist to see if the members of your body are contributing or detracting from your character:

Eyes
Ears
Mouth
Hands
Feet

Contributing to Godly character or detracting?

How are we to have Godly character? "Guard your heart!"