What does 'character' mean?

Character is the main seat of one's morality.

Character is the inner person of everyone. It will reflect either the outworking of the sinful nature or the fruit of the spiritual nature as influenced by the Word.

Character is the combination of qualities and attitudes that differentiate one person from another.

Character is what the individual actually does when he is experiencing pressures.

Character is the overall positive and negative qualities of the individual as revealed by his thoughts, priorities, motivations, attitudes, feelings, words and actions.

Character is what the individual really does when alone.

Character means the overall effect of outside and inside forces which make an indelible mark, or embossed image in the inner person.

What character is not:

1. Character is not what one will ideally be in the very near future. What one will turn out in the future is different from what he is at present. Character refers to what a person is actually, now.

One may act, talk and behave pleasantly when Y┴OHU UL's blessing abound, but his own true character comes out when undergoing pressures, trials and tests.

2. Character is not only how a person behaves. It also includes his own inner thoughts, attitudes, feelings, motivations and values. These factors, though hidden, are reliable indicators and do reflect the true character of the inner person.

3. Character is not what a person's is when he is not under pressure. The pressures in life serve as indicators to Y┴OHU UL as to what degree a person's character has been molded.

Daily irritations and pressures from those around an individual give his real character a chance to surface. How the individual reacts to pressures, irritations and trials reveal his own true inner character. An acquired character trait will always surface, whether the heat is on or off.

4. Character is not what people see on the outside. Y┴OHU UL looks at the heart of each individual. There are lots of people who do many acts of charity yet, if they proceed out of wicked hearts and selfish motives or if done for self-glorification out of pride, those people are truly those with bad character. What Y┴OHU UL desires are noble and kind deeds towards Him and others, which proceed from pure hearts.

5. Character is not merely knowing what to tell others about what to do and how to behave. Many know what the Holy Writ says and are well able to teach and inform others too. But that is not character. One's character is reflected by how he really lives by the principles of the written Word, doing what Y┴OHU UL says, being an example for others to follow and emulate. Knowing what to teach or tell others is not character. Actually doing what Y┴OHU UL says is one's own true character.

6. Character is not only how a person relates to his spiritual family. Character is how a person relates even to his own natural family. And most commonly, how a person relates to his own natural family is how he also is inclined to relate to his own spiritual family. A Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer) with unbelieving family members does often win them by having a kind, loving, and gentle attitude towards them.

7. Character is not how a Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer) treats other Yaoh˙shuahÝm. To believe that how you treat non-believers is not important in Y┴OHU UL's sight is a deception from the enemy. Real upright character will show forth in all kinds of predicament and towards all kinds of people. A Yaoh˙shuahÚe must respect and obey his own authorities, whether they are believers or not, whether they are cruel or kind.

1. TRUTHFULNESS which is the opposite of Dishonesty

Definition: Gaining the confidence and trust of others because I have been continually truthful and honest.

Scriptures: 'Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are only hurting ourselves.' - Ephesians 4:25

'In all your transactions you must use exact scales and honest measurements, so that you will have a long, blessed life in the land Y┴OHU UL is giving you.' - Deuteronomy 25:15

'Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times - speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly - and so become more and more in every way like the Messiah Who is the Head of His body, the Congregation.' - Ephesians 4:15

'An upright man is known by his truthfulness; a dishonest man by deceit and lies.' - Proverbs 12:17

'A witness who tells the truth saves upright men from being sentenced to death, but a false witness is a traitor.' - Proverbs 14:25

'You must be impartial in judgment. Use precise measurements - lengths, weights, and volumes - and give full measure, for I am Y┴OHU UL Who brought you from the land of Egypt.' - Leviticus 19:35-36

2. OBEDIENCE which is the opposite of Stubbornness

Definition: Doing the will of Y┴OHU UL promptly, completely, excellently and with gladness of heart.

Scriptures: 'These weapons can break down every proud argument against Y┴OHU UL and every wall that can be built to keep men from finding Him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back to Y┴OHU UL, and change them into men whose hearts' desire is obedience to YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah.' - 2 Corinthians 10:5

'Has Y┴OHU UL as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to Him than in your offering the fat of rams to Him.'

'For rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. And now because you have rejected the Word of Y┴OHU UL, He has rejected you from being king.' - 1 Shamu-Ul 15:22-23

'Anyone who obeys My Y┴OHU ABÝ (Father) in heaven is My brother, sister and mother!' - Man-Y┴OHU 12:50

'We ask that Your Kingdom will come now. May Your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven.' - Man-Y┴OHU 6:10

'Do not let any part of your bodies become tools of wickedness, to be used for sinning; but give yourselves completely to Y┴OHU UL - every part of you - for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of Y┴OHU UL, to be used for His noble purposes.' - Romans 6:13

3. SINCERITY which is the opposite of Hypocrisy

Definition: Doing my tasks and dealing with others with pure and unselfish motives

Scriptures: 'Now you can have real love for everyone because your souls have been cleansed from selfishness and hatred when you fully depended upon YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah to save you; so see to it that you really do love each other warmly, with all your hearts.' - 1 Peter 1:22

'But Y┴OHU UL will not deal gently with people who act like that; He destroys those proud liars who say, 'We will lie to our hearts' content. Our lips are our own; who can stop us?'' - TehillÝm 12:3-4

'Don't judge by a man's face or height, for this is not the one. I don't make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man's thoughts and intentions.' - 1 Shamu-Ul 16:7

'Woe to you, Pharisees, and you religious leaders! You are like beautiful mausoleums - full of dead men's bones, and of foulness and corruption.' - Man-Y┴OHU 23:27

'Think this through and you will see that I am right.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 7:24

4. VIRTUE which is the opposite of Wickedness

Definition: The moral ascendancy which I achieve and the purity of my heart which are reflected in my personality as I continually walk in Y┴OHU UL's Word

Scriptures: 'But to obtain these gifts, you need more than faith; you must also work hard to be upright, and even that is not enough. For then you must learn to know Y┴OHU UL better and discover what He wants you to do.' - 2 Peter 1:5

'Remember, too, that knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is sin.' - Y┴OHU-caf 4:17

'What I am eager for is that all the Yaoh˙shuahÝm (believers in the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA) there will be filled with love that comes from pure hearts, and that their minds will be clean and their faith steadfast.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam 1:5

'Because of this I try with all my energy to always maintain a clear conscience before Y┴OHU UL and man.' - Acts 24:16

5. BRAVERY which is the opposite of Cowardice

Definition: Confidence and boldness in the face of enormous odds and against the enemy, fully realizing that Y┴OHU UL will always give me the victory for we are more than conquerors.

Scriptures: 'And now, Molkhiul YAOH┌SHUA, hear their threats, and grant to your servants great courage in their preaching.....' - Acts 4:29

'I am holding you by your right hand - I, Y┴OHU your UL - and I say to you, 'Don't be afraid; I am here to help you.'' - Isaiah 41:13

'Don't be afraid. Just remain where you are and watch, and you will see the wonderful way Y┴OHU UL will rescue you today. The Egyptians you are looking at - you will never see them again.' - Exodus 14:13

'Courage! We must really act like men today if we are going to save our people and the cities of Y┴OHU UL. May Y┴OHU UL's will be done.' - 2 Shamu-Ul 10:12

'I am going where every man on earth must some day go. I am counting on you to be a brave and worthy successor.' - 1 Kings 2:2

6. FORGIVENESS which is the opposite of Vindictiveness

Definition: Erasing and forgetting the offenses done by others against me so that Y┴OHU UL can love them through me.

Scriptures: 'Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as Y┴OHU UL has forgiven you because you belong to YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah.' - Ephesians 4:32

'Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, Y┴OHU UL forgave you, so you must forgive others.' - Colossians 3:13

7. PERSUASIVENESS which is the opposite of Combativeness

Definition: Helping others see the truth in the light of Y┴OHU UL's Words thus evading opposing misconceptions.

Scripture: 'Y┴OHU UL's people must not be quarrelsome; they must be gentle, patient teachers of those who are wrong.' - 2 Y┴OHU-tam 2:24

8. ALERTNESS which is the opposite of Indifference

Definition: Being alert and aware of occurrences around me so that I can properly respond to them at the unction of the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA.'

Scripture: 'Watch with Me and pray lest the tempter overpower you. For though the rukha (spirit) is willing enough, yet the body is weak.' - Mark 14:38

9. HOSPITALITY which is the opposite of Solitude

Definition: Delightfully and willingly sharing everything that Y┴OHU UL gives me in my life with all those who are in need.

Scripture: 'Don't forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!' - Hebrews 13:2

'They must enjoy having guests in their homes and must love all that is virtuous. They must be sensible men, and fair. They must be clean minded and level headed.' - Titus 1:8

'When Y┴OHU UL's children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.' - Romans 12:13

'Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night.' - 1 Peter 4:9

10. GENEROSITY which is the opposite of Greed

Definition: Giving and sharing everything in my life knowing that all I have comes from Y┴OHU UL and must be used for His glory and at His direction.

Scriptures: 'But remember this - if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much.' - 2 Corinthians 9:6

'Both men and women came, all who were willing-hearted. They brought to Y┴OHU UL their offerings of gold, jewelry - earrings, rings from their fingers, necklaces - and gold objects of every kind.' - Exodus 35:22

'Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day.' - Isaiah 58:10

'For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give - large or small - will be used to measure what is given back to you.' - Luke 6:38

'As He stood in the Temple, He was watching the rich tossing their gifts into the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small copper coins. 'Really,' He remarked, 'this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them combined. For they have given a little of what they didn't need, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.' - Luke 21:1-4

'....and there was no poverty - for all who owned land or houses sold them and brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need.' - Acts 4:34-35

11. JOYFULNESS which is the opposite of Desperation

Definition: The glad excitement in my heart whenever I walk in fellowship with the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' indwelling.

Scripture: 'You have let me experience the delights of life and the exquisite pleasures of Your own eternal presence.' - Psalm 16:11

'A cheerful heart does well like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.' - Proverbs 17:22

'A happy face means a glad heart; a sad face means a breaking heart.' - Proverbs 15:13

'You feed them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your rivers of delight.' - TehillÝm 36:8

'I have told you this so you will be filled with My delight. Yes, your cup of delight will overflow!' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 15:11

12. FLEXIBILITY which is the opposite of Rigidity

Definition: Allowing changes to my tasks, schedules, plans and ideas as Y┴OHU UL or others may deem necessary.

Scripture: 'Let heaven fill your thoughts; don't spend your time worrying about things down here.' - Colossians 3:2

13. AVAILABILITY which is the opposite of Selfishness

Definition: Adjusting my personal tasks and duties, schedules and plans, priorities and activities, to make them second only to the priorities and commands of my higher authorities.

Scripture: 'There is no one like Y┴OHU-tam for having a real interest in you; everyone else seems to be worrying about his own plans and not those of YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah.' - Philippians 2:20-21.

14. ENDURANCE which is the opposite of Discouragement

Definition: The inner power to overcome opposing pressures to achieve Y┴OHU UL's best in my personal services to my authorities.

Scriptures: 'And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up.' - Galatians 6:9

'Before you turn to Y┴OHU UL and stretch out your hands to Him, get rid of your sins and leave all iniquity behind you. Only then, without the spots of sin to defile you, can you walk steadily forward to Y┴OHU UL without fear.' - Yaohßv (Job) 11:14-15

'But follow Y┴OHU UL your Creator just as you have until now.' - Joshua 23:8

'Praise Y┴OHU UL if you are punished for doing right!' - 1 Peter 2:9

'Remain firm when the enemy attacks. Trust Y┴OHU UL; and remember that other Yaoh˙shuahÝm (believers in the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA) all around the world are going through these sufferings too.' - 1 Peter 5:9

'I am warning you ahead of time, dear brothers, so that you can watch out and not be carried away by the mistakes of these wicked men, lest you yourselves become confused too.' - 2 Peter 3:17

15. SELF-CONTROL which is the opposite of Self-indulgence

Definition: Exercising restraint, self-correction and self-discipline whenever I feel urges which are contrary to what Y┴OHU UL expects from me, especially in the face of temptations.

Scriptures: 'Those who belong to Molkhiul YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah have nailed their natural evil desires to His tree and impaled them there. If we are living now by the power of the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' (Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA), let us follow the leading of the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' in every part of our lives.' - Galatians 5:24-25.

'It is better to be slow-tempered than famous; it is better to have self-control than to control an army.' - Proverbs 16:32

'Do not let sin control your puny body any longer; do not give in to its sinful desires.' - Romans 6:12

'If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way.' - Y┴OHU-caf 3:2

'But to obtain these gifts, you need more than faith; you must also work hard to become virtuous, and even that is not enough. For then you must learn to know Y┴OHU UL better and discover what He wants you to do.'

'Next, learn to put aside your own desires so that you will become patient and righteous gladly letting Y┴OHU UL have His way with you. This will make possible the next step, which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them, and finally you will grow to love them deeply.' - 2 Peter 1:5-7

16. REVERENCE which is the opposite of Rudeness

Definition: Being polite, respectful and courteous to all those around me, fully realizing that they are Y┴OHU UL's instruments in creating desirable character traits in me.

Scriptures: 'Don't envy evil men but continue to reverence Y┴OHU UL all the time, for surely you have a wonderful future ahead of you. There is hope for you yet!' - Proverbs 23:17-18

'Urge subordinates to obey their bosses and to try their best to satisfy them. They must not talk back....'

'All Yaoh˙shuahÝm should work hard for their employers and respect them; never let it be said that the Messiah's people are poor workers. Don't let the Name of Y┴OHU UL or His teachings be laughed at because of this.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam 6:1

17. DILIGENCE which is the opposite of Laziness

Definition: Reckoning every task that I do as my individual and special service to my Ruler YAOH┌SHUA; therefore I always do my best to please Him.

Scriptures: 'Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for Molkhiul YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah and not merely for your earthly bosses.' - Colossians 3:23

'Lazy men are soon poor; hard workers get rich.' - Proverbs 10:4

'Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering.' - Proverbs 13:4

'If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Stay awake, work hard, and there will be plenty to eat.' - Proverbs 20:13

'Now here is a command, dear brothers, given in the Name of YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah by His authority: Stay away from any Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer) who spends his days in laziness and does not follow the ideal of hard work we set up for you.'

'For you well know that you ought to follow our example: you never saw us loafing, we never accepted food from anyone without buying it; we worked hard day and night for the money we needed to live on, in order that we would not be a burden to any of you.'

'It wasn't that we didn't have the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to show you, firsthand, how you should work for your living.'

'Even while we were still there with you we gave you this rule: 'He who does not work shall not eat.''

'Yet we hear that some of you are living in laziness, refusing to work, and wasting your time in gossiping. In the Name of YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah we appeal to such people - we command them - to quiet down, get to work, and earn their own living. And to the rest of you I say, dear brothers, never be tired of doing right.' - 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

'This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work, just as we told you before. As a result, people who are not Yaoh˙shuahÝm will trust and respect you, and you will not need to depend on others for enough money to pay your bills.' - 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

You don't work, you don't eat!

18. THOROUGHNESS which is the opposite of Mediocrity

Definition: Giving added care and attention to seemingly small matters which may affect the overall excellence of my tasks and performance.

Scripture: 'Whatever it is you do, do it with all your best.' - Proverbs 18:15

19. DEPENDABILITY which is the opposite of Unreliability

Definition: Keeping true to my word and promises to everyone, even to suffer unforeseen hardships if necessary, realizing that a reputable name is much better than worldly riches.

Scripture: '....speaks out against sin, criticizes those committing it, commends the faithful followers of Y┴OHU UL, keeps a promise even if it ruins Him....' - TehillÝm 15:4

20. TRUST which is the opposite of Doubt

Definition: Building and focusing my life on my Ruler YAOH┌SHUA and on His heavenly rewards and eternal benefits to those who faithfully serve Him, fully confident that no one can separate me from Him.

Scripture: 'But you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable things like food. No, spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah, can give you. For Y┴OHU ABÝ (the Father) has sent Me for this very purpose.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 6:27

21. PATIENCE which is the opposite of Impatience

Definition: Being even-tempered even in the face of unpleasant situations and fully relying upon Y┴OHU UL without demanding that changes be made in time.

Scriptures: 'We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are beneficial for us - they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops our fortitude in character and helps us trust Molkhiul YAOH┌SHUA more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are firm and enduring.' - Romans 5:3-4

'Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud....' - 1 Corinthians 13:4

'We have proved ourselves to be what we claim by our wholesome lives and by our comprehension of Y┴OHU UL's Word and by our patience. We have been kind and truly loving and filled with the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA.' - 2 Corinthians 6:6

'We are praying, too, that you will be filled with His mighty, glorious power so you can keep on going no matter what happens - always full of the delight of Molkhiul YAOH┌SHUA....' - Colossians 1:11

'He isn't really being slow about His promised return, even though it sometimes seems that way. But He is waiting, for the reason that He is not willing that any should perish, and He is giving more time for sinners to repent.' - 2 Peter 3:9

'Be glad for all Y┴OHU UL is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.' - Romans 12:12

22. WISDOM which is the opposite of Ignorance

Definition: Evaluating events and people in the way Y┴OHU UL looks at them based on His written Word and responding to them as the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA would.

Scriptures: 'For the reverence and fear of Y┴OHU UL are basic to all wisdom. Knowing Y┴OHU UL results in every other kind of comprehension.' - Proverbs 9:10

'And this is what He says to all mankind: 'Look, to fear Y┴OHU UL is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real comprehension.'' - Yaohßv (Job) 28:28

'Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and sound judgment.' - Proverbs 4:7

'....for I will give you the right words and such logic that none of your opponents will be able to reply!' - Luke 21:15

'You know how when you were a small child, you were taught the Holy Scriptures; and it is these that make you wise to accept Y┴OHU UL's salvation by relying upon the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA.' - 2 Y┴OHU-tam 3:15

'If you want to know what Y┴OHU UL wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him and will not resent it.' - Y┴OHU-caf 1:5

'But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is full of mercy and kind deeds. It is wholehearted, transparent and sincere.' - Y┴OHU-caf 3:17

23. DISCERNMENT which is the opposite of Dullness

Definition: The ability and gift from Y┴OHU UL to see and fully comprehend the causes and effects in every situation.

Scriptures: 'Don't judge by a man's face or height, for this is not the one. I don't make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearances, but I look at a man's thoughts and intentions.' - 1 Shamu-Ul 16:7

'Unthinking people do not comprehend them! No fool can comprehend this....' - TehillÝm 92:6

'His delight will be obedience to Y┴OHU UL. He will not judge by appearance, false evidence or hearsay....' - Isaiah 11:3

'Give me a comprehending mind so I can govern Your people well and know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. For who by himself is able to carry such a heavy responsibility?' - 1 Kings 3:9

'But the man who isn't a Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer) can't comprehend and can't accept these thoughts from Y┴OHU UL, which the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' teaches us. They sound foolish to him, because only those who have the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' within them can know what the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' means. Others just can't take it in.' - 1 Corinthians 2:14

'You will never be able to eat solid spiritual food and fully know the deeper things of Y┴OHU UL's Word until you become better Yaoh˙shuahÝm and learn right from wrong by practicing doing right.' - Hebrews 5:14

'Whoever is wise, let him comprehend these things. Whoever is intelligent, let him listen. For the paths of Y┴OHU UL are true and right, and upright men walk along them. But sinners trying it will fail.' - Hosea 14:9

24. FAITH which is the opposite of Doubt and Unbelief

Definition: It is being fully confident and assured that what Y┴OHU UL promised, He is able and willing to do.

Scriptures: 'What is faith? It is a confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.' - Hebrews 11:1

'But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that. If you don't ask with faith, don't expect Y┴OHU UL to give you any solid answer.' - Yaocaf (Y┴OHU-caf) 1:6-8

25. DISCRETION which is the opposite of Carelessness

Definition: Avoiding all appearances of evil, whether in manners, speech, thoughts or surroundings, knowing that they may lead to harm and loss.

Scriptures: 'A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the foolish goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.' - Proverbs 22:3

'Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will fatten your purses in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no rips or holes in them. Your treasures there will never disappear; no thief can steal them; no moth can destroy them.' - Luke 12:33

'Since this is an indisputable fact, you shouldn't be disturbed no matter what is said, and should do nothing rash.' - Acts 19:36

'It is dangerous and sinful to rush into the unknown.' - Proverbs 19:2

26. LOVE which is the opposite of Hatred

Definition: Knowing that to love Y┴OHU UL is to obey His commands especially in my giving and sharing what I have without ulterior, selfish motives and without expecting anything in return.

Scriptures: 'If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them, and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn't love others, I would only be making noise.'

'If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn't love others what benefit would it do?'

'Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love.'

'If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Wonderful Message but didn't love others, it would be of no value whatever.'

'Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.'

If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always remain firm in defending him....

There are three things that remain - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is LOVE.' - 1 Corinthians 13:1-7;13


'Molkhiul YAOH┌SHUA replied, 'Love Y┴OHU UL with all your heart, soul, and mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.'

'The second most important is similar: 'Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.''

'All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others.' - Man-Y┴OHU 22:37-40

27. CREATIVITY which is the opposite of Inertness

Definition: Using and applying the abilities and gifts which Y┴OHU UL gives me in discovering and improvising new methods, ideas and approaches in my daily tasks.

Scripture: 'Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experiences how His ways will really satisfy you.' - Romans 12:2

28. Interest and Sympathy which is the opposite of Apathy

Definition: Showing the love, kindness and delight of Y┴OHU UL to those around me.

Scriptures: 'Don't be selfish; don't live to make a fine impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.' - Philippians 2:3-4

'Always be delightful. Do not smother the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' (Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA).' - 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 9

'Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day.' - Isaiah 58:10

29. RESOURCEFULNESS which is the opposite of Excessiveness

Definition: Thinking of ways to put what others ignore into beneficial use and devising means to wisely utilize what would others consider as waste.

Scripture: 'No! For unless you are honest in small matters, you won't be in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities.' - Luke 16:10

30. THRIFTINESS which is the opposite of Waste

Definition: Spending wisely what Y┴OHU UL gives me and not extravagantly exhausting my resources in buying unnecessary items, so I can give more to those in need.

Scriptures: 'And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?' - Luke 16:11

'A lazy man won't even dress the game he gets while hunting, but the diligent man makes beneficial use of everything he finds.' - Proverbs 12:27

'The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.' - Proverbs 21:20

''Now gather the scraps,' YAOH┌SHUA told His disciples, 'so that nothing is wasted.'' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 6:12

31. CONTENTMENT which is the opposite of Dissatisfaction

Definition: Being satisfied with all that Y┴OHU UL provides daily fully realizing that they are enough for me to be delightful and grateful in Him. Knowing too that real happiness in life does not depend on material possessions but in the secret of being satisfied.

Scriptures: 'So we should be well satisfied if we have enough food and clothing.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam 6:8

'Better a little with reverence for Y┴OHU UL, than great treasure and trouble with it.' - Proverbs 15:16

''And us,' asked some soldiers, 'what about us?' Y┴OHU-khßnam replied, 'Don't extort money by threats and violence; don't accuse anyone of what you know he didn't do; and be content with your pay!' - Luke 3:14

'Do you want to be truly rich? You already are if you are happy and upright.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam (Timothy) 6:6

'Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For Y┴OHU UL has said, 'I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.' - Hebrews 13:5

32. PUNCTUALITY which is the opposite of Tardiness

Definition: Being considerate, respectful and reverential to others knowing that they too value their time, tasks and priorities.

Scriptures: 'There is a right time for everything....' - Ecclesiastes 3:1

'And now, go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and that He is going to Galilee to meet them there. That is My message to them.' - Man-Y┴OHU 28:7

'But while they were gone, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.' - Man-Y┴OHU 25:10

' you can avoid trouble by always being ready for My unannounced return.' - Man-Y┴OHU 24:44

33. TOLERANCE which is the opposite of Condemnation

Definition: Being patient, considerate, lenient and kind to others even if they reflect unpleasant character traits knowing that each one is walking according to the light of what he presently knows or has learned.

Scriptures: 'Then make me truly happy by loving each other and agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, working together with one heart and mind and purpose.' - Philippians 2:2

'Later, as YAOH┌SHUA and His disciples were eating dinner [at Man-Y┴OHU's house], there were many notorious swindlers there as guests!' - Man-Y┴OHU 9:10

'One of His disciples, Y┴OHU-khßnam, told Him one day, 'Teacher, we saw a man using your Name to cast out demons; but we told him not to, for he isn't one of our group.' 'Don't forbid him!' YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah said. 'For no one doing miracles in My Name will quickly turn against Me.' - Mark 9:38-39

'But others have purer motives, preaching because they love me, for they know that YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah brought me here to use me to defend the Truth. And some preach to make me jealous, thinking that their success will add to my sorrows here in jail! But whatever their motives for doing them, the fact remains that the Wonderful Message about YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah is being preached and I am glad.' - Philippians 1:17-18

34. CAUTIOUSNESS which is the opposite of Carelessness

Definition: Considering future possible unpleasant results because of present careless actions, knowing fully well that each task requires specific way and time of performance.

Scriptures: 'It is dangerous and sinful to rush into the unknown.' - Proverbs 19:2

'Patient and continual plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.' - Proverbs 21:5

'Don't be a fool who doesn't even realize it is sinful to make rash promises to Y┴OHU UL, for He is in heaven and you are only here on earth....' - Ecclesiastes 5:2

35. GRATEFULNESS which is the opposite of Ingratitude

Definition: Expressing feelings of being appreciative of Y┴OHU UL and of those whom He used as implements in pouring out His blessings into my life.

Scriptures: 'What are you so puffed up about? What do you have that Y┴OHU hasn't given you? And if all you have is from Y┴OHU UL, why act as though you are so great, and as though you have accomplished something on your own?' - 1 Corinthians 4:7

'But the troops retorted, 'Yaonaokhßn, who saved Israel today, shall die? Far from it! We vow by the life of UL that not one hair on his head will be touched, for he has been used by Y┴OHU UL to do a mighty miracle today..' So the people rescued Yaonaokhßn.' - 1 Shamu-Ul 14:45

'One day David began wondering if any of Sha˙l's family was still living, for he wanted to be kind to them, as he had promised prince Yaonaokhßn.' - 2 Shamu-Ul 9:1

'As a result we were showered with gifts, and when the time came to sail, people put on board all sorts of things we would need for the trip.' - Acts 28:10

'Yes, they knew about Him all right, but they wouldn't admit it or worship Him or even thank Him for all His daily care. And after awhile they began to think up silly ideas of what Y┴OHU UL was like and what He wanted them to do. The result was that their foolish minds became dark and confused.' - Romans 1:21

'When you have eaten your fill, bless Y┴OHU UL for the fine land He has given you.' - Deuteronomy 8:10

'Go through His open gates with great thanksgiving; enter His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His Name.' - TehillÝm 100:4

'No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is Y┴OHU UL's will for you who belong to the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA.' - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

'Why are you criticizing her? For she has done a virtuous thing to Me.... She has poured this perfume on Me to prepare My body for burial. And she will always be remembered for this deed.' - Man-Y┴OHU 26:10;12

36. ORDERLINESS which is the opposite of Disarray

Definition: Making sure that everything in me and in my work environment is in their proper places and in the right order so that I always excel in every task I do.

Scriptures: '...however, be sure that everything is done in a proper and orderly way.' - 1 Corinthians 14:40

'Their work is connected with a mere earthly model of the real tabernacle in heaven; for when Moses was getting ready to build the tabernacle, Y┴OHU UL warned him to follow exactly the pattern of the heavenly tabernacle as shown to him on Mount Sinai.' - Hebrews 8:5

'For there were about 5,000 men there! 'Just tell them to sit down on the ground in groups of about fifty each,' YAOH┌SHUA replied. So they did.' - Luke 9:14-15

37. INITIATIVE which is the opposite of Unconcern

Definition: Knowing and doing promptly what I have to do without waiting for my authorities to give the orders.

Scriptures: 'Don't let evil get the upper hand but conquer evil by doing right.' - Romans 12:21

'Love your enemies! Be kind to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you; implore Y┴OHU UL's blessing on those who hurt you.'

'If someone slaps you on one cheek, let him slap the other too! If someone demands your coat, give him your shirt besides. Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don't worry about getting them back.'

'Treat others as you want them to treat you.' - Luke 6:27-31

38. RESPONSIBILITY which is the opposite of Irresponsibility

Definition: Realizing and performing the tasks which Y┴OHU UL and my authorities are expecting from me, fully realizing that I am personally answerable and accountable to them.

Scriptures: 'Yes, each of us will give an account of himself to Y┴OHU UL.' - Romans 14:12

'The one who sins is the one who dies. The son shall not be punished for his father's sins, nor the father for his son's. The righteous person will be rewarded for his own virtues and the wicked person for his wickedness.' - Exekiel 18:20

'Wisdom is its own reward, and if you scorn her, you hurt only yourself.' - Proverbs 9:12

'Fathers shall not be put to death for the sins of their sons nor the sons for the sins of their fathers; every man worthy of death shall be executed for his own crime.' - Deuteronomy 24:16

39. HUMILITY which is the opposite of High Self-Esteem

Definition: Admitting to myself that without Y┴OHU UL's help and support from those around me, I could not have achieved anything worthwhile in my life.

Scriptures: 'But He gives us more and more power to subdue all such evil longings. As the scripture says, Y┴OHU UL gives grace to the humble, but sets himself against the proud and haughty.' - Yaocaf (Y┴OHU-caf) 4:6

'No, He has told you what He wants, and this is all it is: to be fair and just and merciful, and to walk humbly with Y┴OHU UL.' - Micah 6:8

'But among you, the one who serves you best will be your leader.' - Luke 22:26

'True humility and respect for Y┴OHU UL lead a man to riches, honor and long life.' - Proverbs 22:4

'The high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: I live in that high and holy place where those with contrite, humble spirits dwell; and I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.' - Isaiah 57:15

'Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child, is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.' - Man-Y┴OHU 18:4

'Don't be selfish; don't live to make a fine impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.'

'Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah, who, though He was UL, did not demand and cling to His rights as UL, but laid aside His mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And He humbled Himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal's death on a woodenstake.'

'Yet it was because of this that Y┴OHU UL raised Him up to the heights of heaven and gave Him a Name which is above every other name, that at the Name of YAOH┌SHUA every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah is King, to the glory of Y┴OHU ABÝ, the Father.' - Philippians 2:3-11

40. DECISIVENESS which is the opposite of Instability

Definition: To make firm and quality decisions which I know are correct and pleasing in the sight of Y┴OHU UL, and never to prevaricate again after a correct decision has been made, even in the midst of contrary pressures.

Scriptures: 'You decide whether we should obey Y┴OHU UL or men.' - Acts 4:19

'I call heaven and earth to witness against you that today I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Oh, that you would choose life; that you and your children might live! Choose to love Y┴OHU UL your Creator and to obey Him and to cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days. You will then be able to live safely in the land Y┴OHU UL promised your ancendants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' - Deuteronomy 30:19-20

'Later, when the other five returned, they stood outside, calling, 'Sir, open the door for us!' 'But He called back, 'Go away! It is too late.' - Man-Y┴OHU 25:11-12

'But if you are unwilling to obey Y┴OHU UL, then decide today whom you will obey. Will it be the idols of your ascendants beyond the Euphrates or the idols of the Amorites here in this land? But as for me and my family, we will serve Y┴OHU UL.' - Joshua 24:15

'And afterwards, when he wanted those rights back again, it was too late, even though he wept bitter tears of repentance. So remember, and be careful.' - Hebrews 12:17

'For neither you nor anyone else can serve two bosses. You will hate one and show loyalty to the other, or else the other way around - you will be excited about one and despise the other. You cannot serve both Y┴OHU UL and money.' - Luke 16:13

41. COURAGE which is the opposite of Fear

Definition: Facing the enemy knowing that Y┴OHU UL is always with me to give me the victory, for I am more than a conqueror, and so I let Y┴OHU UL subdue the enemy in my behalf while I rest quietly assured of His protection and defense.

Scriptures: 'I will be with you always....' - Man-Y┴OHU 28:20

'The Ruler (YAOH┌SHUA) is faithful; He will make you powerful and guard you from all enemy attacks of every kind.' - 2 Thessalonians 3:3

42. MEEKNESS which is the opposite of Retaliation

Definition: Responding with humility, gentleness and submission, fully relying on Y┴OHU UL's just dealings in every situation. And knowing well too that unjust anger gives a mighty foothold to the enemy.

Scriptures: 'Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.' - Man-Y┴OHU 5:5

'If someone slaps you on one cheek, let him slap the other too! If someone demands your coat, give him your shirt besides.' - Luke 6:29

'He never answer back when insulted; when He suffered He did not threaten to get even; He left his case in the hands of Y┴OHU UL Who always judges fairly.' - 1 Peter 2:23

'Beg Him to save you, all who are humble - all who have tried to obey. Walk humbly and do what is right; perhaps even yet Y┴OHU UL will protect you from His wrath in that day of doom.' - Zephaniah 2:3

'Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the enduring charm of a gentle and quiet spirit which is so valuable to Y┴OHU UL.' - 1 Peter 3:4

'Wear My yoke - for it fits perfectly - and let Me teach you; for I am gentle, meek and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens.' - Luke 12:29-30

43. ATTENTIVENESS which is the opposite of Inattentiveness

Definition: Expressing my love and concern for others by giving them my full attention to their needs and wants.

Scripture: 'So we must listen very carefully to the truths we have heard, or we may drift away from them.' - Hebrews 2:1

44. SENSITIVITY which is the opposite of Insensitivity

Definition: Discerning the mental, emotional and spiritual conditions of those around me to be able to give the appropriate kind of help, response and support where necessary

Scripture: 'When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.' - Romans 12:15

'Don't forget about those in jail. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, for you know what they are going through.' - Hebrews 13:3

'In all their affliction He was afflicted, and He personally saved them. In His love and pity He redeemed them and lifted them up and carried them through all the years.' - Isaiah 63:9

'Share each other's troubles and problems, and so obey our Y┴OHU UL's command.' - Galatians 6:2

'This High Priest of ours realizes our weaknesses, since He had faced the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned.' - Hebrews 4:15

'I want you to share your food with the hungry and bring right into your own homes those who are helpless, poor and destitute. Clothe those who are cold and don't hide from relatives who need your help.' - Isaiah 58:7

45. JUSTICE which is the opposite of Favoritism

Definition: Blessing, favoring and taking the side of the upright and disfavoring the wicked in Y┴OHU UL's sight.

Scripture: 'No, He has told you what He wants and this is all it is: to be fair and just and merciful, and to walk humbly with Y┴OHU UL.' - Micah 6:8

46. COMPASSION which is the opposite of Apathy

Definition: Sympathizing with and caring for those who hurt with the intense desire to help them be healed and to wisely use my personal resources to alleviate their pitiful conditions.

Scriptures: 'Be merciful and compassionate, even as Y┴OHU ABÝ, your Father in heaven is merciful and compassionate.' - Luke 6:36

'Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as Y┴OHU UL has forgiven you because you belong to the Messiah.' - Ephesians 4:32

'Since you have been selected by Y┴OHU UL Who has given you this new kind of life, and because of His deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. Don't worry about making a fine impression on them but be ready to suffer quietly and patiently.' - Colossians 3:12

'Where is another UL like You, Who pardons the sins of the survivors among his people? You cannot remain angry with Your people, for You love to be merciful.' - Micah 7:18

'No, He has told you what He wants, and this is all it is: to be fair and just and merciful, and to walk humbly with Y┴OHU UL.' - Micah 6:8 'Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.' - Man-Y┴OHU 5:7

'Try to show as much compassion as your Y┴OHU ABÝ (Father) does.' - Luke 6:36

47. GENTLENESS which is the opposite of Cruelty

Definition: Being mild, tender and full of loving-kindness in showing Y┴OHU UL's love to those around me.

Scriptures: 'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' is....gentleness....' - Galatians 5:23

'He must not be a drinker or quarrelsome, but he must be gentle and kind, and not be one who loves money.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam 3:3

'Y┴OHU UL's people must not be quarrelsome; they must be gentle, patient teachers of those who are wrong.' - 2 Y┴OHU-tam 2:24

'But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is wholehearted, transparent and sincere.' - Y┴OHU-caf 3:17

'But we were as gentle among you as a mother feeding and caring for her own children.' - 1 Thessalonians 2:7

48. DEFERENCE which is the opposite of Aggressiveness

Definition: Giving way to the priorities of those whom Y┴OHU UL has placed as my authorities, fully realizing that whatever benefits them also is for my added protection.

Scriptures: 'He who humbles himself shall be honored....' - Luke 14:11

'Dear brothers, honor the officers of your Congregation who work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because they are laboring to help you. And remember, no quarreling among yourselves.' - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

49. LOYALTY which is the opposite of Treachery

Definition: Remaining devoted to, taking the side of and favoring my authorities with faithfulness they can truly always rely on.

Scriptures: 'The fruit of the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' is... faithfulness....' - Galatians 5:22

'A workman may eat from the orchard he tends; anyone should be rewarded who protects another's interests.' - Proverbs 27:18

'You subordinates must always obey your earthly bosses, not only trying to please them when they are watching you but all the time; obey them willingly because of your love for YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah and because you want to please Him.' - Colossians 3:22

'We do not try to trick people into believing - we are not interested in fooling anyone. We never try to get anyone to believe that the Scriptures teaches what it doesn't. All such shameful methods we forego. We are in the presence of Y┴OHU UL as we speak and so we tell the truth, as all who know us will agree.' - 2 Corinthians 4:2

50. REVERENCE which is the opposite of Disrespect

Scripture: 'Let everyone in all the world - men, women and children - fear Y┴OHU UL and remain in awe of Him.' - TehillÝm 33:8

'The highest of angelic beings remain in dread and awe of Him. Who is as revered as He by those surrounding him?' - TehillÝm 89:7

'Then, going over to the men selling doves, He told them, 'Get these things out of here. Don't turn My Y┴OHU ABÝ's (Father's) House into a market!'' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 2:16

'His mercy goes from generation to generation, to all who reverence Him.' - Luke 1:50

'In every nation He has those who worship Him and do kind deeds and are acceptable to Him.' - Acts 10:35

''Don't come any closer,' Y┴OHU UL told him. 'Take off your shoes, for you are on holy ground.' - Exodus 3:5

'And remember that your heavenly Y┴OHU ABÝ (Father) to Whom you pray has no favorites when He judges. He will judge you with perfect justice for everything you do; so act in reverent fear of Him from now on until you get to heaven.' - 1 Peter 1:17

'Blessed is the man who reveres Y┴OHU UL, but the man who doesn't care is headed for serious trouble.' - Proverbs 28:14

'Show respect for everyone. Love Yaoh˙shuahÝm everywhere. Fear Y┴OHU UL and honor the government.' - 1 Peter 2:17

51. PRAYERFULNESS which is the opposite of Self-Confidence

Definition: Expressing our hearts desires in worshiping, glorifying and praising Y┴OHU UL and communicating with the Source of our lives in seeking grace, protection, help and support.

Scripture: 'But though Daniel knew about it, he went home and knelt down as usual in his bedroom,, with its windows open toward Jerusalem, and prayed three times a day, just as he always had, giving thanks to Y┴OHU UL.' - Daniel 6:10

'Soon afterwards He went out into the mountains to pray, and prayed all night.' - Luke 6:12

'For night and day we pray on and on for you, begging Y┴OHU UL to let us see you again, to fill up any little cracks there may yet be in your faith.' - 1 Thessalonians 3:10

'Each morning I will look to You in heaven and lay my requests before You, praying earnestly.' - TehillÝm 5:3

'So I want men everywhere to pray with holy hands lifted up to Y┴OHU UL, free from sin, anger and resentment.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam (Timothy) 2:8

Given to you in deep love and true humility, 'ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

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