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9 Elements of a Christian Character in the Bible

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As we enter God’s school, one of the accomplishments we begin to focus on is the development of a Christian character.

Developing a character like Jesus’s.

Developing our greatest human potential.

But what exactly are the elements of a Christian character?

Today, I would like to share with you a non-exhaustive list of nine of those elements.


Verse about the Elements of a Christian Character

To do so, I invite you to read a short bible text:

(…) I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

 

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

 

Ephesians 4:1 -3

In these Bible verses, the apostle Paul is addressing the church members of the city of Ephesus.

In it, he asks them to continue to develop the qualities of a Christian character.

I will mention nine qualities, or elements of a Christian character, that can be found in these verses explicitly and implicitly.


1 | Faithfulness

The first element of a Christian Character in the Bible is faithfulness.

When the apostle invites us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received, he is basically inviting us to be faithful to God.

Faithfulness means not forgetting where God has brought us from, not forgetting His goodness and mercy towards us, ultimately not forgetting our calling.

To live in a way that is consistent with who we are in God, without turning away from Him.

This is one of the most important characteristics of a christian character because, if we choose to turn away from God, there is no christian character to be developed.


2 | Humility

The second element of a Christian Character in the Bible is humility.

Nowadays, I seem to notice that humility is less and less appreciated.

We live in a culture that encourages us to brag about our achievements, appearance, lifestyle, social position, etc.

In contrast, God wants us to always be humble.

That is, willing for God to be the one who shines in our lives, and not to seek to shine for ourselves.

To live a life that is not interested in belittling anyone, or in considering ourselves superior to others.

A life in which we are willing to be uncomfortable for the sake of others, even to endure offenses for the name of Christ.

Humility is fundamental in the development of a christian character because it keeps us having the right perspective.

It constantly reminds us that all the good in us is a gift from God, not a byproduct of our ego.


3 | Kindness

The third element of a Christian Character in the Bible is kindness.

Kindness means treating others with proper respect and consideration.

It means remembering that each person carries in himself the image of God and that his intrinsic value is, therefore, equal to mine.

In this way, treating others with kindness and empathy, without projecting on them our frustrations and wounds, is proof that our process of inner healing is advancing, and that we are adequately developing a christian character.


4 | Patience

The fourth element of a Christian Character in the Bible is patience.

In an age when we are increasingly encouraged to have what we want instantly, patience begins to be forgotten as something relevant.

However, an important quality of a christian character is the ability to wait and endure situations that are difficult for us, without losing calm, without reacting in a way that hurts others.

Patience reminds us that in the end, God is in control and that we can trust Him, even if things don’t seem to develop as we think they should.


5 | Tolerance

The fifth element of a Christian Character in the Bible is tolerance.

In a world that is increasingly polarized, in which we are less and less willing to accept that the other is and thinks differently from me, God asks us to understand that diversity is also an expression of His creativity.

He asks us to remember that we don’t always have to agree in order to love each other, but that we can respect and love each other despite our differences.

The development of tolerance is also part of the process of forming a christian character, leading us to mature and be less impulsive.

It leads us to realize that we don’t need to constantly defend ourselves, and that we can more easily forgive by not taking things personally.


6 | Love

The sixth element of a Christian Character in the Bible is love.

The apostle invites us to relate to one another in love. 

Love has always been and will forever remain the foundation of all that exists.

Although we love imperfectly, God wants us to develop the ability to love others.

A simple reason for this is because He loves them too.

Born in Christ, we are children of the same father and therefore brothers.

Not loving our brothers is unnatural.

So developing love in our Christian character is just natural, and yet essential.

God is love, He wants us to join Him in his essence so that we can enjoy full healing, freedom, and happiness.


7 | Perseverance

The seventh element of a Christian Character in the Bible is perseverance.

When the apostle Paul tells us to “Make every effort”, he is reminding us of a quality of the christian character that is often not considered, perseverance.

Walking with God requires tenacity because it’s not always something easy to do.

We’re going to have to fight tough battles with our own weaknesses and desires.

Sometimes other people are going to get us into trouble, or life itself is going to mistreat us.

The good news is that in all these difficult things, God has promised to strengthen us, take care of us, and guide us.

He is our strength, it is up to us to persevere.


8 | Unity

The eighth element of a Christian Character in the Bible is unity.

God wants us to seek to live in spiritual unity.

Together, all believers are part of the same body, the body of Christ.

We are called to the same mission, to help people reconcile themselves to God.

If we are not united in purpose, we cannot efficiently carry out the task entrusted to us, so one of the characteristics of a christian character is unity.

God does not want us to live in disputes or fights, but to seek to be united in the midst of diversity.


9 | Peace

The ninth element of a Christian Character in the Bible is peace.

The Bible calls Jesus “the peace”, it also tells us that God is a God of peace.

It is only natural that as we draw closer to God, we look like Him.

The christian character also includes the search for peace in the midst of differences.

In the midst of attacks, a Christian who has developed peace is willing to put his ego aside, and to take refuge in the source of peace to find tranquility.

In Jesus’ words, blessed are the peacemakers because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


These are the nine elements of the christian character that I wanted to share on this occasion.

I hope these words have been a blessing to your life.


What do you think? What are the elements of a Christian character? Share in the comments.


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9 Elements of a Christian Character in the Bible

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