And endurance produces character, and character produces hope. (Roman 5:4 NRSV)
Mark Antony was considered one of the great orators of Roman culture. He was an intelligent person--a brave soldier--a powerful leader. Outwardly he was a big man. His credentials would have put him in Who's Who in America? He merited an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. However, internally--morally--he was a midget. One of his associates said to him, "Thou art able to conquer the world, but unable to resist a single temptation." How tragic that such a large man would cast such a small shadow.

Contrast Mark Antony with Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was a penniless, itinerant preacher in the eyes of Rome, yet he cast a shadow over history like none other who ever lived. And he did it partially by the strength of his character. The Bible tells us he was without sin. In other words, whatever the circumstance, Jesus always did the will of God. Only a strong person could achieve such a record.

Be strong on the inside. Be a person of great moral character. Be a born again Christian with Christ in your heart.

Dear God, come into my life today and always help me to be a person of great character. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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