Developing Character and Competence by Pastor Daniel Okelezoh
I’ll start by defining competence.
Competence is the quality or state of being able or suitable for particular task. Now, what qualifies you for competence is grace. Another thing that qualifies you for competence is character.
Grace qualifies for the task, it puts you on the platform. See 1 Cor. 15:10. While grace qualifies you, character keeps you on the platform of grace or on the task, on the mission.
Character is a distinguishing feature, characteristics of a person or a thing. Character is also defined as a person who is involved in an action or a story.
My definition of character would be char and acter. Whatever is charging (or moving) you is what causes your action (or behaviour).
Now, there are different kinds of character. We have;
1) The good character and it is made up of many other kinds. We have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, self-control.
2) The bad character and it is made of up other kinds as well. We have anger, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness, strife, impatience etc.
3) The double character. This kind of character is double in the sense that, in some instances, it may appear to be good, kind, loyal, loving and the rest, but in other instances it is dangerous, full of wrath and other kinds of uncleanness. People who possesses this kind of character are insincere, dishonest, hypocrites. They could profess to be one thing whereas on the inside they are something else entirely.
Developing character and competence. The word developing implies that something is ongoing, it is in a process.
How to develop character and competence
2. Always be slow to speak – Jm. 1:19
3. Be a good listener
4. Be slow to anger
5. Take responsibility
6. Patience – Jm. 1:3
7. Godly forms
8. Positive confession
9. Good music. Music creates a character in you, it shapes you
10. Good movies. What you see, watch builds character in you
11. Good friends and company