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John Chrysostom

23 May 2014

"Consider, then what qualities a man needs if he is to withstand such a tempest and deal successfully with these obstacles to the common good. He must be dignified yet modest, impressive yet kindly, masterful yet approachable, impartial yet courteous, humble but not servile, vehement yet gentle, in order that he may be able calmly to resist all these dangers" (93; III. 16) John Chrysostom

Such detailed elements for character are seldom seen today, my concern for our young men, and women, is that good character be shaped through good mentoring. The right of every human being is to be the best that God created them to be, after all, we are made in His image, as He said that we "are good". Character therefore is the responsibility of the person as well as the working opportunity of the Spirit - Romans 5. To gain anything of worth, it has to go through a process of cleansing, humans refuse to work for the goal of good character because it is too hard a job to fashion our hearts, spirits and personalities to that of Christ's. And so, the easy option is to become legalistic, religious and pharisiac. Why be like Christ when it's easier to tell others to do so. The "do as I say not what I do" mantra still prevails in today's church mend set. Jesus never came to create an institution of religiosity but a movement of His expanding Kingdom. And so, character is a mirror of Christ not a reflection of church. We must not allow our faith to be dictated to by the filter of our denominations but by the work of The Holy Spirit. 
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