[b]Definitions of 49 Character Qualities[/b][i]by Bill Gothard[/i]Alertness vs. UnawarenessBeing aware of that which is taking place around me so I can have the right response to it (Mark 14:38)Attentiveness vs. UnconcernShowing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to his words and emotions (Hebrews 2:1)Availability vs. Self-centerednessMaking my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving (Philippians 2:2021)Boldness vs. FearfulnessConfidence that what I have to say or do is true and right and just in the sight of God (Acts 4:29)Cautiousness vs. RashnessKnowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions (Proverbs 19:2)Compassion vs. IndifferenceInvesting whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others (I John 3:17)Contentment vs. CovetousnessRealizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness (I Timothy 6:8)Creativity vs. UnderachievementApproaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective (Romans 12:2)Decisiveness vs. Double-mindednessThe ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God (James 1:5)Deference vs. RudenessLimiting my freedom in order not offend the tastes of those whom God has called me to serve (Romans 14:21)Dependability vs. InconsistencyFulfilling what I consented to do even if it means unexpected sacrifice (Psalm 15:4)Determination vs. FaintheartednessPurposing to accomplish Gods goals in Gods time regardless of the opposition (II Timothy 4:78)Diligence vs. SlothfulnessVisualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it (Colossians 3:23)Discernment vs. JudgmentThe God-given ability to understand why things happen (I Samuel 16:7)Discretion vs. SimplemindednessThe ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes which could result in undesirable consequences (Proverbs 22:3)Endurance vs. Giving upThe inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish Gods best (Galatians 6:9)Enthusiasm vs. ApathyExpressing with my soul the joy of my spirit (I Thessalonians 5:16,19)Faith vs. PresumptionVisualizing what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it (Hebrews 11:1)Flexibility vs. ResistanceNot setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be changed by God or others (Colossians 3:2)Forgiveness vs. RejectionClearing the record of those who have wronged me and allowing God to love them through me (Ephesians 4:32)Generosity vs. StinginessRealizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purposes (II Corinthians 9:6)Gentleness vs. HarshnessShowing personal care and concern in meeting the need of others (I Thessalonians 2:7)Gratefulness vs. UnthankfulnessMaking known to God and others in what ways they have benefited my life (I Corinthians 4:7)Hospitality vs. LonelinessCheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those whom God brings into my life (Hebrews 13:2)Humility vs. PrideRecognizing that it is actually God and others who are responsible for the achievements in my life (James 4:6)Initiative vs. UnresponsivenessRecognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it (Romans 12:21)Joyfulness vs. Self-pityThe spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in fellowship with the Lord (Psalm 16:11)Justice vs. FairnessPersonal responsibility to Gods unchanging laws (Micah 6:8)Love vs. SelfishnessGiving to others basic needs without having as my motive personal reward (I Corinthians 13:3)Loyalty vs. UnfaithfulnessUsing difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those whom He has called me to serve (John 15:13)Meekness vs. AngerYielding my personal rights and expectations to God (Psalm 62:5)Obedience vs. WillfulnessFreedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority (II Corinthians 10:5)Orderliness vs. DisorganizationPreparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency (I Corinthians 14:40)Patience vs. RestlessnessAccepting a difficult situation from God without giving Him a deadline to remove it (Romans 5:34)Persuasiveness vs. ContentiousnessGuiding vital truths around anothers mental roadblocks (II Timothy 2:24)Punctuality vs. TardinessShowing high esteem for other people and their time (Ecclesiastes 3:1)Resourcefulness vs. WastefulnessWise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard (Luke 16:10)Responsibility vs. UnreliabilityKnowing and doing what both God and others are expecting from me (Romans 14:12)Reverence vs. DisrespectAwareness of how God is working through the people and events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me (Proverbs 23:1718)Security vs. AnxietyStructuring my life around that which is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away (John 6:27)Self-Control vs. Self-indulgenceInstant obedience to the initial promptings of Gods Spirit (Galatians 5:2425)Sensitivity vs. CallousnessExercising my senses so I can perceive the true spirit and emotions of those around me (Romans 12:15)Sincerity vs. HypocrisyEagerness to do what is right with transparent motives (I Peter 1:22)Thoroughness vs. IncompletenessKnowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected (Proverbs 18:15)Thriftiness vs. ExtravaganceNot letting myself or others spend that which is not necessary (Luke 16:11)Tolerance vs. PrejudiceAcceptance of others as unique expressions of specific character qualities in varying degrees of maturity (Philippians 2:2)Truthfulness vs. DeceptionEarning future trust by accurately reporting past facts (Ephesians 4:25)Virtue vs. ImpurityThe moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiate from my life as I obey Gods Word (II Peter 1:3)Wisdom vs. Natural InclinationsSeeing and responding to lifes situations from Gods frame of reference (Proverbs 9:10)
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Wow, it's great to look over this list again. Thanks for posting it!
Solid character review. These principles really come alive when you get some of the more in depth material put out by his or other ministries. They explain what these things really look like and how they should be working out in daily Christian life.