30 Foundational Characteristics Of Good Character

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Good_EvilPost written by Peter G. James Sinclair.

Character is the inherent complex of attributes that determines a person’s moral and ethical actions and reactions. It also speaks to me of moral rectitude. And rectitude is defined as righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest.

I have lived long enough to observe the outworking of lives lived with or without character.

A Price Must Be Paid

Now please don’t misunderstand me. Bad things still happen to good people. But there are those whom I have, in the past, perceived as being the possessors of a flawed character, who are now either dead, destroyed, imprisoned, or are currently under-performing in respect to their full potential. I do not stand in judgment. I simply observe.

Those whom I viewed as having strong moral character, on the other hand, no matter what life has thrown at them, have gone on from strength to strength, and continue to grow stronger, in both character and influence, with each passing year.

A Moral & Ethical Code

Those who live their lives by a moral and ethical code, for an extended period of time, and I’m speaking of decades here, will reap the crops resulting from the good seed that they have continued to sow throughout the years.

Those who choose to sow wild oats, as it were, are twenty to thirty years down the track having to deal with the ‘weed’ ramifications that have arisen from those earlier plantings, many of which were planted while they were yet youths.

I learnt in science at school that for every action there is a corresponding reaction. I read in the Bible that what we sow we will reap. These are laws. And by our co-operation, or lack of compliance to these laws – our futures are determined.

Never Too Young To Start

So the important thing is that we embark on character’s code of conduct as early as possible in our life – so that we can begin to enjoy the fruits of a long life that is defined by righteousness, morality, honesty and honor. And add to that list blessing.

I recently spent part of one night reading my favorite book and came across ‘The Thirty Precepts Of The Sages’ found between Proverbs 22:17 and Proverbs 24:22.

A sage is a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom. And precepts are principles or rules of personal conduct.

So here are thirty foundational principles for you to consider as you develop your good character.

  1. Don’t walk on the poor.
  2. Don’t hang out with angry people.
  3. Don’t gamble.
  4. Don’t mess with ancestral boundary lines.
  5. Observe good people good at their work.
  6. Mind your manners when you dine with influential people.
  7. Don’t chase riches.
  8. Don’t accept meals from tightwads.
  9. Don’t bother talking sense to fools.
  10. Don’t cheat orphans out of their property.
  11. Give yourself to disciplined instruction and open your ears to tested knowledge.
  12. Spank your children.
  13. Wise children make for happy parents.
  14. Don’t envy careless rebels, but rather soak yourself in the fear of God.
  15. Don’t drink or eat too much.
  16. Listen to your father, care for your mother and buy wisdom, education and insight.
  17. Avoid whores.
  18. Avoid the drink.
  19. Don’t envy bad people.
  20. Use wisdom, understanding and knowledge to build your house.
  21. Seek wisdom, intelligence, strategic planning and good counsel.
  22. Have wise conversation.
  23. Avoid evil and foolish people.
  24. Don’t fall to pieces in a crisis.
  25. Rescue the perishing.
  26. Eat good food, knowledge and wisdom.
  27. Don’t interfere with good people’s lives.
  28. Don’t laugh when your enemy falls.
  29. Don’t bother your head with braggarts, or wish to succeed like the wicked.
  30. Fear God, and respect your leaders.

information source: The Message Bible

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