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As Christians, we tend to place a lot of emphasis on sin and adhering to certain accepted standards we believe define us as Christians.  However, too often, issues of character go unaddressed.  Some may believe sin and character issues are one in the same, but this isn't necessarily so.  For example, we could be a complete and total jerk, yet not commit a sin.  We could be rude, antagonistic, treat others with disregard, or be careless in the things we speak or do, and still never technically commit a sin.  In fact, some make liberal use of this believing it to be a kind of loophole for behaving badly, yet we still don't hear much about being a person of character.  Sin or not, these things and more aren't pleasing to God.  Not only that, but they will surely have a negative impact on us, our lives, and the world around us, even if we don't see the connection.  There are so many in the world who don't believe character matters, who believe they are somehow justified in doing whatever they choose, or who believe that the ends justify the means.  Don't take part in this.  Choose a better standard; have a spirit of excellence rather than merely trying to sidestep sin.  Be a blessing to God and to others by choosing to exemplify the character of God in your life.  Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.

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