Every living human being has flaws within their character. Even when one is a born again Christian, the flaws are still evident. Hopefully, in time, as we mature in our Christianity, our character will also mature. As a seasoned Christian, I've witnessed many people get saved (accepting the Lord as their Savior) and they expected that suddenly, everything in their lives would miraculously get better or that they'd be changed in a flash. Certainly, there is a change that occurs, but most changes, especially character flaws, take much more time. Many people fell away early on because they didn't understand this or possibly because their commitment wasn't truly heartfelt and sincere.
Becoming a Christian is a beginning not an end. It's the beginning of growth, awareness, discernment, conviction, uprooting, forgiveness, love, acceptance, persistence, loyalty, connection, patience, self-control, humbleness, meekness, boldness, etc... improving one's character flaws is a process and one that requires persistent prayer, fellowship with God and other Christians, and seeking the help of the Holy Spirit. All that being said, yes, you'll have character flaws until the day you die, but, that's not an excuse to ignore them!
All of the men and women in the Bible had character flaws. Some more prominent than others just like today. I love to read the Psalms because King David's life is a real example of the lows and highs we all go through but reveal his many character flaws. Yet, God loved and adored David just as He loves and adores all of his children. David was greedy, an adulterer, a weak father lacking in discipline, a polygamist, he didn't always listen to God's commands, among other flaws. But, David also found his strength in the Lord, knew well that repentance was key, was humble before God, and truly had a heart that desired closeness to God.
It's easy for people to judge one another when we focus on human character flaws. It's easy to say "look, he or she is not a Christian because _____", but as the word of God has shown us time and time again, God is the only one that can see the heart and judge it. I am a Christian, and I guarantee you that I have plenty of character flaws that I'm still working on and some that I've yet to discover or willing to accept. But guess what? The Lord loves and adores me, forgives me 70x7 times a day, desires to help me, makes a way for me and open doors and bestows favor upon me because HE knows my heart. He will use me according to his plan and will and he will speak to people through me despite my flaws, and even use my character flaws and weakness to draw others closer to him.
Let us not judge one another, let us apply the same grace that Jesus applied to us the day we opened our hearts to him and repented of our sins. The same grace that He applies to our lives day after day as we sin and grieve him. However, let us be aware and ask for His divine assistance in overcoming these flaws and growing more like Jesus. We are overcomers in Christ. Sometimes, we need to apply that grace to ourselves. We tend to beat ourselves up when we continue to mess up or have that nasty character flaw even when we don't want it anymore. Continue to be persistent in prayer, God will help you.
1 John 5:4–5
4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—sour faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Matthew 6:6 - But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Matthew 21:22 - And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Colossians 4:2 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Romans 8:26 - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Jeremiah 33:3 - Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Matthew 7:7 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you
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