For whatsoever is born of God overcome the world: and this is the victory that overcome the world, even our faith.(1 John 5:4)
There is a misunderstanding between character and being born of God. Those who are born of God display character but not all who display character are born of God.
I have met real nice people who grew up in families with strict values and moral code: you don’t steal, you don’t lie, you don’t touch in other people’s belongings, you pay your bills on time, never be late, be faithful to your partner, never deceive, be a committed employee – those were some of the teachings I grew up with.
Having those qualities did not make me born of God.
You might have grown up in church and lived your life out of the dirty of this world, you might have been a person of prayer during all your life and you know the Bible well, you love God wholeheartedly but, on the other hand, you have not been overcoming the world.
And living a “holy life” has convinced you that you are born of God but at the same time doubts, fears, emptiness are always surrounding your life.
You push them away but deep inside you know you need something else you cannot even explain what it is.
Your character is irreproachable, your hands are clean but your heart is a well of pride, selfishness, fear, complex, insecurity and envy.
More God wants to make of you His child than you may grasp the greatness of this.
Day Seven – The Day of the Lord, Sunday – do not hide behind a good character but acknowledge that you do not have the Spirit of God and seek Him with all your strength.
He promised: And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart (Jer 29:13)