26 Character Traits You Want to Develop

May 17, 2018

And 9 Character Traits That You Want to Weed Out

I recently came across a Bible study I had done more than 20 years into character traits of elders and deacons. My study showed what the Lord would require of those who aspired to those offices. At the time I did this study, I had not yet become an elder in my church. But I sure aspired to be one. And Scripture said that was a good thing (1 Timothy 3:1). So I took these Scriptures as an assignment: to develop the character traits these offices would require. I sought to know what I needed to be—and what I shouldn’t be. And I also wanted to know what I should do—and what I shouldn’t do. So I compiled a list.

Character Traits

Mind you, these were aspirational affirmations. They were not necessarily all true statements about myself. But I wanted them all to be true about me.

I hope you find this list useful for developing the right character traits and weeding out the wrong ones in your own life.

 

AS A MAN OF GOD,

I am

  • Self-controlled (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8, 2:2, 2:6; 1 Peter 5:8)
  • Hospitable (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)
  • Able to teach (1 Timothy 3:2, 5:17 ; Titus 1:9)
  • Upright (Titus 1:8)
  • Holy (Titus 1:8)
  • Disciplined (Titus 1:8)
  • Above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2, 3:9; Titus 1:6)
  • Temperate (1 Timothy 3:2, 3:8; Titus 1:7, 2:2)
  • Respectable; worthy of respect (1 Timothy 3:2, 3:8; Titus 2:2)
  • Sincere (1 Timothy 3:8)
  • Tested (1 Peter 3:10)
  • Considerate (1 Peter 3:7)
  • Eager to serve (1 Peter 5:2)
  • An example to the flock (1 Peter 5:3)
  • Submissive to those who are older (1 Peter 5:5)
  • Alert (1 Peter 5:8)
  • Sound in faith, in love and in endurance (Titus 2:2)

 

I do

  • Have a good relationship with outsiders (1 Timothy 3:7)
  • Love what is good (Titus 1:8)
  • Manage my own family well (1 Timothy 3:4, 3:12)
  • See that my children obey me (1 Timothy 3:4-5, 3:12; Titus 1:6)
  • Keep hold of the deep truths (1 Timothy 3:9; Titus 1:9)
  • Treat my wife with respect (1 Peter 3:7)
  • Stand firm in the faith (1 Peter 5:9)
  • Love my wife as my own body (Ephesians 5:28)
  • Bring my children up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)

 

I am not

  • Violent but gentle (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
  • Quarrelsome (1 Timothy 3:3)
  • A lover of money; greedy for money (1 Timothy 3:3; 1 Peter 5:2)
  • Overbearing (Titus 1:7)
  • Quick tempered (Titus 1:7)
  • Given to drunkenness (1 Timothy 3:3, 3:8; Titus 1:7)

 

I do not

  • Pursue dishonest gain (1 Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:7)
  • Lord it over others entrusted to me (1 Peter 5:3)
  • Exasperate my children (Ephesians 6:4)

 

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