The Core of Christian Character

What is the “core?” As I use it here, it is what is at the innermost part of our heart. The core is what makes us what we are. That core, before genuine conversion is “I.” The new birth installs a new core: “Him!” However, the old core is heavily entrenched. Until it is forced to give way, it exercises strong influence. How can it be forced to give way? It can’t by human will alone. Only the Word of God, in the hands of the Holy Spirit, can break its stranglehold on our character. As Scripture enters our minds and drops into our hearts, the old self life gradually loses its power to influence. From the moment of true conversion and on through our remaining lifetime, the process goes on in proportion to our faithfulness in studying, absorbing, applying and obeying the input that we receive from the Bible. The fascinating reality is that as the Written Word fills our hearts, so does the Living Word and our character gradually reflects Him instead of “I.” Therefore,Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Colossians 3:16-17). Selah! “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20). Ron
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