So if sin is a symptom than what is the disease? Well, in order to answer this question we must first take a very close look at character. Character is in actuality the essence of all that we are. It is from here that we determine what choices we will make.
One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual
What is it that distinguishes us from everyone else around us? Is it the clothes we wear? Could it be the positions we hold? Perhaps it is the community in which we live? Those would all be good guesses and could in fact be a result of our character. However, they are not and have little to do with the essence of all that we are.
Chances are that we are all presently in the company of people who match the vibration of our character. You see, as we change our thoughts, the way we look at the world, the people around us will change. Old friends and acquaintances will slowly disappear from our daily lives. New people will begin to enter our world. We will often struggle with this. It is very understandable since it is our nature to hold on to what we have, but rest assured, there will always be a place for our soul mates The visits will be less frequent, but they will always be there.
There are certain people who are brought into our lives for a reason. They become an important part of all that we are. They are always here for us as we are there for them. We never hold back our thoughts from one another and speak freely on all topics. When we are on the wrong path they will tell us even if it means they may lose our friendship forever. They know our strengths and our weaknesses, but love and accept us all the same. As our paths fork off in different directions and the times we share grow fewer and far between an intimate connections still exists between us. Then the universe provides us with the wonderful opportunities to come together and laugh, cry and share the past and present with each other. Whether it be days, weeks, months or years time seems to stand still on the day we come together in the joy of our infinite friendship. It always feels as if we are just picking things up from yesterday. These are our soul mates that have been given to us by the All and the One.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
(2 Corinthians 6:14 King James Version)
People have various internal and external characteristics. Some external characteristics are naturally born, indigenous or sociological and others are a reflection of choice. The ones of choice are the near perfect window to the internal characteristics of people. However, it is the tongue which is a far superior tool for the classification of one’s soul. It is the undisputed champion in the battle to distinguish character.
“What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ”
(Matthew 15:11 New International Version)
As our character changes so does our language. We are beginning to change on the inside and this is reflected on the outside too. This is where we begin our rebirth and enlightenment.
Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
(1 Corinthians 14:11 King James Version)
Again, I spoke earlier of symptoms and this certainly falls into the category of such, but it is the deficiency of righteous character which is the disease. Our Character is what will determine our choices. It is from character that we chose to sin. You heard me right, “Sin is a choice!”
In order to make better choices it is imperative for us to build better character!
We all come standard with the internal guidance system which was placed in our hearts by the Creator. When we do wrong deeds and alarm goes off that lets us know. It tells us to hide it from our friends, sneak around, don’t tell anyone and above all “admit nothing!”
Not having a righteous character is not only about doing bad things. It is often about doing good, but having the need to let everyone know about it. This exhibits a lack of righteous character too. It shows a lack of faith in the power of good deeds. In this there is only the reward of acknowledgement. Therefore, the one thousand fold reward will not be seen. In this we have taken the little prize before us and passed up the dream vacation package behind door number one.
So, where do find the information necessary to build a righteous character? Well, one of the greatest sources of information on this topic is the Holy Bible. Many religious and secular books have been created from the Word within. Combined with our guiding conscience we already have a pretty good assortment of tools to build a positive effective character capable of bringing incredible blessings into our lives.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
(Matthew 22:37-39 NIV)
Everything we have and that we are is composed of the choices we have been making all our lives. When we decide we want to live a better life we must take the necessary steps to improve our character. In every choice we must ask ourselves is this something that I would do to someone I love? How would I feel if this was done to me?
You can make life into what you want or life can make you into what it wants. The choice is ours, and even choosing not to choose is a choice.
Choosing not to chose is something many of us do not consider. Many times it is by default that we receive what we do not ask for. The secret really is to ask for what we want and allow it to happen.
Be still and pay attention to the little gifts that cross our path sent by God to facilitate our journey. We must act on the opportunities as miracles materialize from the vibration of our character.