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

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