Holy Spirit, The Character of God

Our goal as believers is to become more and more like Father God, to be transformed into His image. In order to have victory and fulfill our God-given destiny in this earth, our thoughts and actions must line up with God’s. How do we think and behave like God when we live in a fleshly body? God answered that question before the foundation of the world. He knew that after the fall of man we would need help overcoming our flesh. Through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God made it possible for His Spirit, which is His character, to dwell in the hearts of believers.

Who is Holy Spirit? Holy Spirit is God. Just like God the Father and God the Son, He is God the Holy Spirit. Some people think He is goose bumps on their arms, or hair standing up on the back of their necks; but He is much more than an emotional experience. He is the character of God living on the inside of the believer.

The character of God is the fruit of the Spirit, which includes: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, faith, patience, temperance, and meekness (Galatians 5:22-23). Although we possess these traits, we must cultivate them in order for them to grow. We cannot expect to do great and mighty things for the kingdom of God if we walk in spiritual mediocrity. God is not a mediocre God. If we want to be like God in power, we must be like Him in character.

One of the fruits of the Spirit is LOVE. The Bible says that God is love. Love is the foundation for all of the other character traits. Love endures long. It is patient and kind. Love is never envious or jealous. It is not boastful or vain and it doesn’t display itself haughtily. Love is not conceited, arrogant or inflated with pride. It is not rude or unmannerly. Love does not insist on its own rights or own way. It is not self-seeking, touchy, fretful or resentful. It takes no account of the evil done to it and it pays no attention to a suffered wrong. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes. It is always ready to believe the best of every person. It endures everything without weakening. Love Never Fails! (I Corinthians 13:4-8)

Through the Holy Spirit, we have power to convey God’s love in the midst of any situation. When our flesh tries to act out of character, Holy Spirit will chime in with the proper way to handle the issue. The character of God will always bring Him glory. As a matter of fact, I will go so far as to say, the works of the flesh are the character of Satan. Therefore, we will have character traits of our father, whoever it may be. Although Holy Spirit will help us to handle our issues God’s way, He will not force Himself upon us. We must be willing participants. It is up to us to yield to His promptings.

Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” When we acknowledge God first, He will speak to us through Holy Spirit and tell us how to exemplify godly character in any given situation. The key words are: ‘in all thy ways acknowledge Him’. Not some of your ways, but all of them. When it comes to your job, your family, your ministry or any part of your life, you should always acknowledge Him first. If you do your part, God will do His.

We are God’s representatives in the earth. Our lives should witness love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, faith, patience, temperance, and meekness to believers and unbelievers alike. It is our duty as Christians to seek to be more like God, so we can bring glory and honor to His name.

This article is written by Bishop George L. Davis

Senior Pastor of Faith Christian Center in Jacksonville, Florida