This entry is part 11 of 28 in the series Devotionals

The devil doesn’t care if you go to church or read your bible, as long as you DON’T APPLY THE WORD to your life. Thousands go to church every Sunday. They sing in the choir. They serve as leaders in the church. They stand at the door as door greeters and they shout and jump with the best of them. They know every phrase to sound like a Christian, “Hallelujah!” “Praise the Lord!” “Glory to God!” Titus 1:16, however, warns us, “They claim to know God, but by their actions, they deny Him…” 

The word “character” is defined as the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves. A person’s character is their set of qualities that make him or her different from other people – it’s their nature or outlook on life, their thoughts, intentions, desires, as well as, their actions. Godly character should be consistently manifested in the life of every believer, if Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior.

There is a word for people who boast about their Christianity and the moral standards they have, but they do just the opposite of what’s in God’s Word. The word is “hypocrite”. We wouldn’t have to mention all the time that we are a Christian if we just acted like one most of the time. 

Brothers and sisters, our character matters to God. The latter part of Titus 1:16 says that hypocrites are, “…detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.” 

A person’s character is shown by their actions on a daily basis – not where they sit on Sundaymorning.Going to church on Sunday does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. Every believer should continually, 24/7 practice Christian virtues, control their thought-life, guard their heart, and watch the company they keep. 

Romans 5:4 NLT says, “And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Don’t let your lips and your actions preach two different messages. DO NOT BE DECEIVED. GOD IS ALWAYS WATCHING. His Word says: “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other…” Matt. 6:24. No matter what you may have believed, your character does matter to God.

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