EGW Quotes-Character

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           This  word  appears  20,824  times in the published writings of EGW            See page on Original site       old page this site  Character

         ++    Character is power  ( 11 )

         ++    Character building  ( 464 )   >>   character builder  ( 5 )

         +     Blameless character   ( 10 )      >  

         +     Divine character  (  )  >

       +++     Defective character  ( 55 )   >>  Defects of character  ( 334 )   [ see below ]

    ++         ►    defective in character  ( 42 )   >    those who are defective in Character  ( 5 ) 

    ++         ►    defective characters  ( 66 )     >   their defective characters  ( 29 )

       +++     their Character is marred  ( 8 )     >   Thus the character is marred  ( 2 )

         +    Develop character  ( 38 )   >   Children will develop characters similar to  ( 3 )
                                                           >    develop characters that God will approve ( 5 )

         +     Moral Character     ( 157 )    >   Excellent  Moral  Character

         +     Noble Character     ( 74 )    >    Noble nature

         +     perfect character  ( 101 )    >   develop a perfect character  (  )
                                           ( see perfection of Christian Character )
                                             also attaining Christian perfection  
{ see CG 466.2 }

    Real Character   ( 106 )        ►      Real Character of . . . 
                                                              >     Real Character of Romanism / the Papacy 
                                                                >    Real Character of Sin

        +     strong character  ( 2 )     ( see Strength of Character )

        +     study the character  (  )    see favorites

            Superficial Character    (  )

             Symmetrical character    ( 112 )

       +      true measurement of a man's character   ( 1 )

       +      Upright Character    (  )

       +     Weak Character  (  )  see  Weakness of character

       +    Character is not transferable   ( 9 )    >


Sometimes Ellen White uses the term "nature" to refer to character, as when she writes that in preparation for the coming of Christ, "our natures must be pure and holy" (OHC 278).  In context this is clearly speaking of character, not inborn desires.  Context and the inspired consensus are what enable us to tell whether her use of the word "nature" refers to genetics or to choices.


                                                 C H A R A C T E R    O F  .  .  .                                                        

      ++     Character of Christ  ( 890)   >   old site  Character of Christ    

          >    Difference between Character of Christ and . . .    >    His Real Character

      +++     Character of God  (724)     ►    His Character  ( His means God )

                 >  character of the Father  ( see favorites )
       >>    misrepresent God's character  >>   misrepresent His character  ( 12 )

           Character of  Righteousness   (  )

       +     Character of Satan    ( 29 )      ►   Satan's Character  ( 5 )
>   Character of Satan clearly revealed

      +     Character of the Papacy  ( 6 )    >    true character of the Papacy  (  )

"When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come." Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.  {COL 69.1}


     +    Christian Character    ( 937 )      +  Christian character is attained when . . .  
+    Elements of the Christian Character    
                      ►   Perfection of Christian Character  (  )
                      ►   Perfected Christian character   (  )

    ++   Christlike Character  ( 90 )   >   development of a Christlike character

                    >     Christ's Character      (229)


                                        .  .  .    O F    C H A R A C T E R                                                                                               


     ►    Perfection of character  (  )     >   perfection of Christian Character
                         ►  imperfection of character  ( 12 )    >    imperfection of Character is Sin  ( 5 )

      ++    Defects of Character  (334)      ►     Serious defects of Character   ( 18 )
                                                                 ►     our defects of character   ( 32 )

      +    stamp of character    ( 111 )      >

    ++    standard of character   ( 186 )   >    True standard of character  ( 15 )

      +     strength of character  ( 59 )     >   real strength of character  (  )

      +     Test of Character               >       True Test of Character  
                                                         >        Test the Character    ( 11 )
                                                         >        Test their character

   +++    Trait of Character  ( 106 )       ►    evil trait of character  (  )

                                                                 >   wrong trait of character  (10 )
                                                                 >   one wrong trait of character  ( 7 )

   +++   Traits of character  ( 842 )

           Old website:  Traits of Character   ( 842 )     ►   Christlike Traits of Character
                                                            >   un-Christlike Traits of Character
                                                            >   unholy traits of character  (  )  
see favorite below

     +   Transformation of Character  ( 251 )  >  entire transformation of character (12)
                                                            >   transformed character  ( 3 )

        Weakness of Character  ( 33 )     >    weaknesses of character  ( 7 )
                                        ►     weakness of his character  (  )


    The Teacher from heaven, no less a personage than the Son of God, came to earth to reveal the character of the Father to men, that they might worship him in spirit and in truth. Christ revealed to men the fact that the strictest adherence to ceremony and form would not save them; for the kingdom of God was spiritual in its nature. Christ came to the world to sow it with truth. He held the keys to all the treasures of wisdom, and was able to open doors to science, and to reveal undiscovered stores of knowledge, were it essential to salvation. He presented to men that which was exactly contrary to the representations of the enemy in regard to the character of God, and sought to impress upon men the paternal love of the Father, who "so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." [John 3:16.]  He urged upon men the necessity of prayerrepentance, confession, and the abandonment of sin. He taught them honesty, forbearance, mercy, and compassion, enjoining upon them to love not only those who loved them, but those who hated them, who treated them despitefully. In this he was revealing to them the character of the Father, who is long-suffering, merciful, and gracious, slow to anger, and full of goodness and truth. Those who accepted his teaching were under the guardian care of angels, who were commissioned to strengthen, to enlighten, that the truth might renew and sanctify the soul.  {CE 74.1}


  There are many who are treated as tares and hopeless subjects, whom Christ is drawing to himself. Men judge from the outward appearance, and think they discern the true measurement of a man’s character; but they make many blunders in their judgments. They put a high estimate upon a man whose appearance is as an angel of light, when in thought and heart he is corrupt and unworthy. On another whose appearance is not so favorable, they pass criticism, make him an offender for a word, and would separate him from the church because of his supposed defective character, when it may be that He who reads the heart, sees true moral worth in the man. Human judgment does not decide any case; for the Lord’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are his ways our ways. He whom we would separate from the church as altogether unworthy, is the object of the Lord’s solicitude and love. All heaven is engaged in doing the appointed work of drawing souls to God, and the Lord has said concerning his word, “It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11   { RH January 3, 1893, par. 4 }



  By beholding Christ, by talking of Him, by beholding the loveliness of His character we become changed. Changed from glory to glory. And what is glory? Character,—and he becomes changed from character to character. Thus we see that there is a work of purification that goes on by beholding Jesus.  { SD 337.5 } 


  No unlikeness to Christ will be permitted in the holy city. The process of gaining perfection of character is to be carried on in this life, that we may be prepared for the future immortal life. It is God's purpose that His church on earth shall reach perfection. It is essential that His directions be strictly obeyed. The members are to help and strengthen one another. No self-exaltation or accusing or harshness are to be shown in our dealings with one another. We must purify our souls through love and obedience to the truth. We must act like saints toward one another. We must purify our souls through love and obedience to the truth. We must act like saints toward one another, preparing ourselves, drilling ourselves, to be without fault in character, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. -- Letter 67, 1905, pp. 2-7. (Written February 18, 1905, from St. Helena, California, to Brethren and Sisters.)   {15MR 171.2}


  The casting of the net is the preaching of the gospel. This gathers both good and evil into the church. When the mission of the gospel is completed, the judgment will accomplish the work of separation. Christ saw how the existence of false brethren in the church would cause the way of truth to be evil spoken of. The world would revile the gospel because of the inconsistent lives of false professors. Even Christians would be caused to stumble as they saw that many who bore Christ’s name were not controlled by His Spirit. Because these sinners were in the church, men would be in danger of thinking that God excused their sins. Therefore Christ lifts the veil from the future and bids all to behold that it is character, not position, which decides man’s destiny. { COL 122.2 }  Read entire Chapter 10
  An upright character is of greater worth than the gold of Ophir.  Without it none can rise to an honorable eminence. But character is not inherited. It cannot be bought. Moral excellence and fine mental qualities are not the result of accident. The most precious gifts are of no value unless they are improved. The formation of a noble character is the work of a lifetime and must be the result of diligent and persevering effort. God gives opportunities;  success depends upon the use made of them.  Patriarchs and Prophets, page 223.1


  The law requires righteousness,—a righteous life, a perfect character; and this man has not to give. He cannot meet the claims of God’s holy law. But Christ, coming to the earth as man, lived a holy life, and developed a perfect character. These He offers as a free gift to all who will receive them. His life stands for the life of men. Thus they have remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. More than this, Christ imbues men with the attributes of God. He builds up the human character after the similitude of the divine character, a goodly fabric of spiritual strength and beauty. Thus the very righteousness of the law is fulfilled in the believer in Christ. God can “be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:26. { DA 762.2} 


  Our people are making very dangerous mistakes. We cannot praise and flatter any man without doing him a great wrong; those who do this will meet with serious disappointment. They trust too fully to finite man and not enough to God, who never errs. The eager desire to urge men into public notice is an evidence of backsliding from God and of friendship with the world.  It is the spirit which characterizes the present day. It shows that men have not the mind of Jesus; spiritual blindness and poverty of soul have come upon them. Often persons of inferior minds look away from Jesus to a merely human standard, by which they are not made conscious of their own littleness, and hence have an undue estimate of their own capabilities and endowments. There is among us as a people an idolatry of human instrumentalities and mere human talent, and these even of a superficial character. We must die to self and cherish humble, childlike faith. God's people have departed from their simplicity. They have not made God their strength, and they are weak and faint, spiritually.  {5T 75.2}
  If a professing Christian is unchristlike; if he cherishes unholy traits of character, studying how he may get the best of a bargain to the disadvantage of some one else, if, forgetting that it is his duty to help others, he cares little whether he destroys his neighbor’s prospects, he is as salt that has lost its savor—fit only to be cast out. He may gain some advantage himself, but what help is he to the world? If the character is not under the moulding influence of the Spirit of God, if the life is not free from selfishness, what does the profession avail?  { ST February 12, 1902, par. 4 }


  The black man’s name is written in the book of life beside the white man’s. All are one in Christ. Birth, station, nationality, or color cannot elevate or degrade men. The character makes the man. If a red man, a Chinaman, or an African gives his heart to God in obedience and faith, Jesus loves him none the less for his color. He calls him His well-beloved brother.—The Southern Work,  quoted in Christian Service, 218. { Heaven 92.3} 
  In the books of heaven are accurately recorded the sneers and the trivial remarks of sinners who pay no heed to the call of mercy made, as Christ is presented to them by His ministering servants. As the artist takes on the polished glass a true picture of the human face, so the angels of God daily place upon the books of heaven an exact representation of the character of every human being  (ST Feb. 11, 1903).  {7BC 987.2}




  The greatest wisdom, and most essential,  is the knowledge of God. Self sinks into insignificance as it contemplates God and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent. The Bible must be made the foundation for all study. Individually we must learn from this lesson-book which God has given us, the condition of the salvation of our soul; for it is the only book that tells us what we must do in order to be saved. Not only this, but from it strength may be received for the intellect. The many books which education is thought to embrace, are misleading, a deception and a delusion. “What is the chaff to the wheat?” Satan is now stirring up the minds of men to furnish to the world literature which is of a cheap, superficial order, but which fascinates the mind, and fastens it in a network of Satan’s contrivance. After reading these books, the mind lives in an unreal world, and the life, so far as usefulness is concerned, is as barren as a fruitless tree. The brain is intoxicated, making it impossible for the eternal realities, which are essential for the present and the future, to be pressed home. A mind educated to feed upon trash is unable to see in the word of God the beauty that is there. Love for Jesus and inclination to righteousness are lost; for the mind is built up from that upon which it feeds. By feeding the mind upon exciting stories of fiction, man is bringing to the foundation “wood, hay, stubble.” He loses all taste for the divine Guide Book, and cares not to study the character he must form in order to dwell with the redeemed host, and inhabit the mansions which Christ has gone to prepare. { SpTEd 156.1 }


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  From the beginning it has been Satan’s studied plan to cause men to forget God, that he might secure them to himself. Hence he has sought to misrepresent the character of God, to lead men to cherish a false conception of Him. The Creator has been presented to their minds as clothed with the attributes of the prince of evil himself – as arbitrary, severe and unforgiving – that he might be feared, shunned, and even hated by men. Satan hoped to so confuse the minds of those whom he had deceived that they would put God out of their knowledge. Then he would obliterate the divine image in man and impress his own likeness upon the soul; he would imbue men with his own spirit and make them captives according to his will.  {5T 738.1}





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