Work of a Lifetime
therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all
filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Cor. 7:1
The formation of a right character is the
work of a lifetime, and is the outgrowth of prayerful meditation united with a
grand purpose. The excellence of character that you possess must be the result
of your own effort. Friends may encourage you, but they cannot do the work for
you. Wishing, sighing, dreaming, will never make you great or good. You must
The conversation we have by the fireside,
the books we read, the business we transact, are all agents in forming our
characters, and day by day decide our eternal destiny.
Mental ability and genius are not
character, for these are often possessed by those who have the very opposite of
a good character. Reputation is not character. True character is a quality of
the soul, revealing itself in the conduct.
A character formed according to the
divine likeness is the only treasure that we can take from this world to the
next. Those who are under the instruction of Christ in this world will take
every divine attainment with them to the heavenly mansions. And in heaven we
are continually to improve.
A good character is a capital of more
value than gold or silver. It is unaffected by panics or failures, and in that
day when earthly possessions shall be swept away, it will bring rich returns.
Integrity, firmness, and perseverance are qualities that all should seek
earnestly to cultivate; for they clothe the possessor with a power which is
irresistible--a power which makes him strong to do good, strong to resist evil,
strong to bear adversity.
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