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Dealing with character evaluation
CAROLINE L. BELTRAN, Baguio City

Have you ever tried to define a word by using the same word to describe it? It does not work. I cannot explain a term or word by comparing it with itself. For examples: You cannot say, “Being proud is to be filled with pride.” Evaluation is the act or result of evaluation. Inventory is the process of making an inventory.”

It is also a fact that I cannot describe a word by making up my own definition. The dictionary states that: “Definition is a description or explanation of a word or thing by its attributes, properties or relations that distinguish it from all other things.

What a word means is what the dictionary says. What is true of defining words is also true of evaluating one’s character. Character is the combination of qualities distinguishing any person. It is the individuality which is the product of nature, habits and environment.

In 2 Corinthians Chapter 2 of the Bible, the Apostle Paul showed the foolishness of trying to judge our own character by our own opinions.

We would be wrong to evaluate ourselves by devising or inventing our own guidelines, according to M De Haan. He stated that we must use God’s line of measurement. God evaluates our lives by the standard of His unchanging character and purposes. What we are is what the Lord says we are.

As we take inventory of our lives and what we have done in the service of the Lord, let us not be too quick to commend ourselves. The real test is whether we are those whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10”18 is loud and clear: “When people commend themselves, it does not count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.”

Branon asked, “Who measures how we have done in life and judges our success?” His answer – Our God who gives rewards to those who live in righteousness.”

To see yourself as you really are, take one look at Christ.

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