1. Character is celebrated and rewarded. “And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character” (Ruth 3:11 NIV)
2. Character is more important than beauty, intelligence, or ability. “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4 NIV).
3. Character is rare and valuable. “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31:10 NIV).
4. Character is imparted to those who study Scripture and apply the truths they discover. “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11 NIV).
5. Character is built during times of trouble. “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4 NKJV).
6. Character is built over time, not created overnight. The preparations of today determine your qualifications for tomorrow. “But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel” (Philippians 2:22 NKJV).
7. Character is shaped by those you spend time with. “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
8. Character is formed by your decisions. “For we are each responsible for our own conduct” (Galatians 6:5). You cannot fail without your consent and you cannot succeed without your participation.