Character Is Power
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access
by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory
of God. Rom. 5:1, 2.
has given us no assurance that to attain perfection of character is an easy
matter. A noble, all-round character is not inherited. It does not come to
us by accident. A noble character is earned by individual effort through the
merits and grace and Christ. God gives the talents, the powers of the mind;
we form the character. It is formed by hard, stern battles with self. Conflict
after conflict must be waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have
to criticize ourselves closely, and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain
uncorrected. . . .
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. . . .
intelligences will work with the human agent who seeks with determined faith
that perfection of character which will reach out to perfection in action.
To everyone engaged in this work Christ says, I am at your right hand to help
will of man cooperates with the will of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever
is to be done at His command may be accomplished in His strength. All His
biddings are enablings.
is power. The silent witness of a true, unselfish, godly life carries an almost
irresistible influence. By revealing in our own life the character of Christ
we cooperate with Him in the work of saving souls. It is only by revealing
in our life His character that we can cooperate with Him. And the wider the
sphere of our influence, the more good we may do. When those who profess to
serve God follow Christ’s example, practicing the principles of the
law in their daily life; when every act bears witness that they love God supremely
and their neighbor as themselves, then will the church have power to move
the world. . . .
not what results a day, an hour, or a moment may determine, and never should
we begin the day without committing our ways to our heavenly Father. . . .
When unconsciously we are in danger of exerting a wrong influence, the angels
will be by our side, prompting us to a better course, choosing our words for
us, and influencing our actions. Thus our influence may be a silent, unconscious,
but mighty power in drawing others to Christ and the heavenly world.
Our Father Cares, pp. 308, 309.