When Character Was Not King
August 10, 2014 at 10:45 am Categories: King David, Sermons
Date: August 10, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott
Text: I Samuel 18:17-30
– “When a mouse is in bed with an elephant, the mouse had better be paying attention when the elephant decides to roll over.” -Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919 – 2000)
– “In a time of malice he was not malicious; in a time of lies he did not falsify; in a time of great pressure he didn’t bend or break; in a time of disingenuousness he was clear and candid about where he stood and why.” -Peggy Noonan, When Character Was King on Ronald Reagan
– One of the things that defines our character is how we handle mistakes.
– “Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.” -Joan Didion
– Envy occurs when we lack something somebody else has. Jealousy occurs when something we already have is threatened by another person.
– “Watch your thoughts for they become words. Words…become actions. Actions…become habits. Habits…become your character. Your character…becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.” -Margaret Thatcher
– Saul’s jealous and defensive self-interest sabotages his own life. What a 21st Century life he led!
– When public opinion matters more than God’s opinion then we are living our life for the wrong audience.
– “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ” -John Wooden (1910 – 2010)
Lessons on Character
- In Saul we see how character is revealed.
- In David we see how godly character is vindicated.
- In Jonathan we see how godly character responds to another’s success.
– “It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and so few by deceit.” – Noël Coward