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Table of Contents
1: What To Teach
List of Character Qualities
Character Training and Spiritual Growth
2: How To Teach Character
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In this issue we discuss character development,
a process of
training outward actions and encouraging spiritual growth resulting
in the fruits of the spirit.
The goal is to become more like the Lord Jesus
Christ and to
be used to draw others to Him, not to earn praise for ourselves.
The method of teaching and training our children,
as given in
Deuteronomy 6:5-7, has become The Home Schooler's Creed:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your
with all your
soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today
shall be in
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk
of them when you sit in your house,
when you walk
by the way,
when you lie
and when you
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The Summer 2000 issue contains a 12-page "Special
on Character Training & Social Development.
Two Character-Teaching Resources
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"School Days Devotional Praise" 150 days of
character-building stories, tape of songs, posters. (grades 1-8).
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and study book on Proverbs with illustrations and applications;
Part 1: What To Teach
by Joy Marie Dunlap
Character, along with Bible training, is the
aspect of a good education. When character training and education
are separated, you train up a moral reprobate.
The home is the ideal place for teaching character
children. Character training should be a part of every day's
When I first began home schooling 10 years
ago, I was
chagrined every time a school lesson had to be interrupted for
character training. After much prayer, I realized that these
character training times were the most important aspect of our
children's education. They were not interruptions; they were
This realization changed my whole outlook
and enabled me to
relax and appreciate the opportunities that I have to correct our
children's behavior and train their character.
Opportunities to teach character abound throughout
Here are some important character qualities and a few practical
tips to help you teach them.
Compiled by the Editors
The following character qualities are listed
characteristics. You might want to:
* Use it as a checklist for training your child.
* Find Scriptures about each quality and its opposite.
* List the rewards or consequences Scripture mentions for
quality and its opposite.
* Memorize a verse or passage for each quality.
* Learn a hymn for each quality.
Wanting and doing the best for another, expecting
return. Also: compassion, affection, concern, caring, empathy,
encouraging. See I Cor. 13; I John 3:17-18; Romans 12:9-10; John
15:12-13; Phil. 2:1-4; Heb. 10:24-25; I Thess. 5:11, 14.
Gladly and unselfishly giving self, time,
and possessions. Also: sharing. See II Cor. 9:7; I Tim. 6:18;
Cor. 8:1-5; Matt. 10:8; Heb. 13:16; I Tim. 6:18
Realizing your own weaknesses and esteeming
yourself. Also: deference, modesty, cooperation, meekness,
teachability, serving others, yielding. See James 4:6; Rom.
12:10; Phil. 2:3; I Peter 5:5; Prov. 16:19; Titus 3:2.
Showing sympathy, thoughtfulness through gentle
helpful actions. Also: gentleness, courtesy, sensitivity,
thoughtfulness, tenderheartedness, understanding, helpfulness,
hospitality, friendliness. See Ps. 41:1-2; Eph. 4:32; I Pet.
3:8; Isa. 41:6.
Giving and forgiving more than is expected
to one who has
wronged you or to one in need. Also: forgiveness, tolerance,
magnanimity. See II Sam. 9:1-7; Micah 6:8; Luke 10:30-37; Col.
Taking appropriate action to maintain harmony
persons. Also: peacemaking, tact, flexibility, adaptability,
persuasiveness. See Ps. 34:14; Gen. 13:8-9; Romans 14:19; Matt.
5:9; Ecc. 8:5.
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Being truthful, sincere, and fair in words
Also: justice, fairness, truthfulness, integrity, sincerity,
genuineness. See Zech. 8:16-17; II Cor. 8:21; I Peter 2:12;
I Tim. 5:21b; Joshua 24:14; Eph. 4:25.
Fulfilling responsibilities and being loyal
in a trustworthy manner. Also: loyalty, responsibility,
dedication, commitment, stewardship, dependability,
consistency, reliability. See Heb. 3:14; 11:7; II Tim. 2:2;
Matt. 25:20-23; Dan. 6:3-4; Luke 16:10; Ps. 15:2; I Cor. 4:2.
Facing dangerous, difficult, or painful situations
firmly rejecting fear. Also: determination, boldness, bravery,
decisiveness, resoluteness, confidence. See Heb. 11:32-40; Acts
20:22-24; 4:13; Josh. 1:7a; Phil. 1:6.
Completely devoting the will to God so that
the life is
holy, set apart for Him. Also: holiness, virtue, goodness. See
Dan. 1:8; Rom. 12:1; James 1:27; Heb. 12:14; II Pet. 1:5.
Willingly, promptly, and cheerfully doing
authority asks as well as complying with his unspoken desire.
Also: submission, subjection. See Heb. 13:17; Luke 2:51-52; I
Cor. 16:15-16; Matt. 4:18-22.
Respectfully honoring and submitting to God,
proper authority. Also: respect (for people and property),
honor. See Eph. 6:1-5; Deut. 5:16; Ex. 20:12; Prov. 3:9; I Tim.
5:17-18; I Tim. 2:1-2; Heb. 12:9.
Using knowledge and understanding with discernment
right principles to daily living. Also: discretion, discernment,
cautiousness, alertness, attentiveness. See Prov. 2:1-5; Heb.
2:1-3; Matt. 7:24; Prov. 24:3-4; II Tim. 4:5a; Prov. 4:7, 20-21;
Working hard, steadily, carefully. Also: industry,
thoroughness, excellence, energy. See Phil. 3:12-14; I Cor
9:24-25; Col. 3:23; II Thess. 3:6-12; Prov. 22:29; II Tim. 4:7.
Noticing what needs to be done, starting and
without being told. Also: creativity, resourcefulness,
leadership, originality. See I Kings 5:2-6; II Chron. 24:4-6,
13; I Sam. 14:6-16; Prov. 1:5; 6:6-8.
Organizing time and possessions systematically,
most efficient use of resources. Also: neatness, tidiness,
punctuality, accuracy, carefulness. See Luke 14:28-30; Prov.
24:30-34; I Cor. 14:33, 40; John 6:12; Haggai 1:5-6; Prov. 20:18;
Eph. 5:15; I Cor. 14:40; Ecc. 3:1.
Resisting selfish desires, feelings, and thoughts
refraining from hasty words and actions. Also: discipline,
purity, temperance, thriftiness. See James 1:19; Daniel 1:8;
141:3; I Cor. 9:25; Luke 16:11.
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Choosing to be satisfied and at peace with
what God has
provided without complaining. Also: cheerfulness, hope, peace.
See I Tim. 6:5, 6, 8; Phil. 4:11; Heb. 13:5.
Recognizing, appreciating, and acknowledging
benefits. Also: appreciation, gratefulness, thankfulness. See
Eph. 5:19-20; Col. 2:6-7; I Tim. 4:4-5; I Thess. 5:18.
Delighting in the service and presence of
God regardless of
circumstances. Also: zeal, enthusiasm, heartiness, eagerness.
See Ps. 100:2; Rom. 12:11; Prov. 15:13; Ps. 35:9.
Steadily enduring affliction, persevering
in a difficult
task, or waiting calmly for a desired end. Also: endurance,
perseverance, persistence, firmness. See Heb. 12:4-11; II Tim.
2:3-7; James 1:12; 5:8; I Cor. 16:13.
Character Training and Spiritual Growth
by Cindy Short, editor
As Christian parents we have a two-fold aim
children's character: that they would habitually act in a
godly way, and that they would think, feel, and choose
godliness from the heart.
There are many things we can and should do
to shape our
children's behavior; but ultimately it will be their choice to
receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior that will
create new spiritual life within them, thus producing true
godliness as the fruit of the Spirit in their lives (Gal. 5:22-23).
Our role is to model, teach, train, and encourage
character qualities presented in the Scripture as the moral
attributes of God Himself. The Old Testament Law set the
standard of holiness for God's people; so can we set the standard
from Scripture for our children. Jesus' redemptive work and
the gift of the Spirit gave believers the power to experience His
holiness in their lives.
Since we recognize our dependence on God's
power for genuine
and sincere righteousness, we will not be content with our
children's outward compliance, necessary as that is. Instead
will diligently, lovingly, and prayerfully labor to inspire our
children's whole-hearted dedication to Christ, realizing that
only their own free choices will effect real and lasting change
in their lives, making them more and more like Him.
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