10 Bible Verses On Character With Commentary

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Character is what defines you.  It’s what people see in you.  It’s what people will say about you after you pass away.  Character is one of the most important things you have.  How are you investing in yours?  Do people see your faith in what you do?  Is your character reflected in how you serve the Kingdom?  Remember that when you pass away, Jesus will either say, “welcome brother/sister; job well done” or “I never knew you; be gone!”  You have right now to decide where your future is.

Bible Verses About Character

Character is something that you hold fast to inside, and that people see in you on the outside. More importantly, it is something that God sees in you always.

Here are 10 verses about character and my thoughts for each.

Romans 5:3-5 – “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Jesus promised we would be hated (Mark 13:13).  We will face trials and suffering on earth.  Romans 5:3-5 shows us that in suffering true character is formed which pushes us to hope because we have God’s love “poured into our hearts”.  Isn’t that beautiful!

Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

True character is shown in how you act in any situation.  Actions do speak louder than words in many circumstances and you and I have to be on guard against the devil so that when adversity comes our way we can still exhibit the fruits of the spirit in word and deed.  How can we shine for Jesus if we are showing the world darkness through our actions?

Colossians 3:12-15 – “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.”

Again, character is shown in how you deal with things.  These verses are great to show us all how to treat each other.  I recommend memorizing these 4 verses.  If you have them memorized you will think about them often and they will guide your thoughts and actions.

Related reading: 20 Key Bible Verses to Memorize

1 John 4:8 – “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Your own character can be your judge.  How do you treat those around you?  Do you love them or retaliate against them?

Proverbs 28:6 – “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”

This verse can lead you to think on different things.  I would like to focus on eternity.  The poor man who walks with Jesus is going to rejoice in his passing.  The rich man who is “living the life” and boasting in his sins will die in his sins and face God’s wrath.

Romans 13:14 – “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

This verse proclaims character loudly!  When you sin, you are actually making provision for your flesh.  Have you ever thought about that?  You are providing the means necessary to carry out the sins you want to commit.

Matthew 12:35 – “The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.”

This verse speaks for itself.  Take some time and think about how you are living your life.  Are you making an effort daily to be a blessing to those around you or a stumbling block?

Matthew 23:25-26 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee!  First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

You can fool men many times with your “character” but you can’t fool God.  He’s sees your heart.  He knows your intentions.  “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?” (Adrian Rogers)  Are you the blind Pharisee or a child of God?

Titus 1:15-16 – “To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.  They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works.  They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”

Once again, character is shown by actions.  You can say you believe in God, but your works will prove whether you really do or not.

Acts 20:36-38 – “And when he (Paul) had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.  And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again.  And they accompanied him to the ship.”

Paul’s character is easily seen by how the people reacted to him having to leave.  They were extremely sad.  This shows that Paul was a man of integrity and character.  How would people react if you told them you were leaving, never to return again?  If you have an idea of their response, then you have an idea of your own character and integrity.


Character is something that you hold fast to inside, and that people see in you on the outside.  More importantly, it is something that God sees in you always.  Take some time and think about how you are living your life.  Are you a radical Christian on fire for God, or just blending into the crowd trying to look like everyone else?  God bless you all as you continue to live a life worthy of the calling!

Related article: Bible Verses About Integrity: 20 Important Scriptures

Resource – “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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DocReits January 20, 2014 at 3:18 am

Thank you for encouraging Christians to lives “appropriate” to our calling Derek.

I will try again to break through the barrier on this subject with just a few thoughts. There are only three places in Scripture(please correct me if I am wrong) where the Greek word axios, with a long “o” is used.

They are Eph 4:1, Col 1:10, and 1Th 2:12. This is an adverb, meaning “appropriately”, as I used it in the sentence above. It is to be contrasted to the similar words, “axios” with a short “o” and “axioo”, which are adjectives meaning “deserving”, and “to deem entitled”, respectively. Unfortunately our single English word “worthy” is used for all three translations.

You will notice that Paul in the first letter to the Thessalonians uses the adverb when describing walking “appropriately” (which you use as “worthy”) whereas in the second letter to the Thessalonians he uses the adjective for “worthy” or “deserving” with the short “o”:

“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power”(2Th1:11)

Here God is the one who “counts” us worthy. The reason we are “counted” deserving or worthy is because of who Jesus “is”, not how(adverb) appropriately we behaved. We will never be “worthy” or “deserving”, by walking “appropriately”, which is how you use your signature benediction on your posts.

When you ask us to “live lives worthy” it is irrational for the Christian to even conscience that thought. Scripture says to walk “appropriately”, not “deserving”. Nowhere does Scripture state or imply that we can or should walk (to do works)”deserving” of God. That is an impossibility as Jesus is the only one who is worthy or deserving.

Think about it…do you really want to encourage your readership to live lives deserving (or entitled) of God? If so, why does one need Jesus?

Encourage me, as a Christian, to walk appropriately, rejecting sin and with a heart bent towards Christ, and I am all in. Ask me to walk deserving of God and I will run away from that cult to Jesus.

Are we getting anyplace here or am I whistling in the wind?

The reason I harp on this point is that many newbie or wannabe Christians are going to read your benedictions and think that they have to travel the fettered course of the JW’s, Mormons, Roman Catholics or some other works based religion, so that they might also somehow get themselves cleaned up enough to walk worthy or deserving of God.

That is not Christianity.




Derek Hill January 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Hello DocReits

I never ever want to mislead anyone or cause another to stumble and I can see a lot of truth in your words. Yes I use this at the end because of Ephesians 4:1-3. Please understand that in no way have I thought this phrase was incorrect because I was taking it straight from the Bible. Here is what I mean. You are right, there is nothing we can do to make us worthy in the eyes of God. You are also right that Jesus is truly the only one worthy. However, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a brand new creation. We become blameless and holy in the eyes of God. No longer does God see judgment on us but redemption because Christ’s blood has cleansed us from sin. This is why I use this verse because as you read further it tells you how to live your life “appropriately” because you are worthy, only because of Jesus. It shows you how you ought to live: with humility, patience, love, eagerness to maintain peace. I don’t think that I am wrong in what I say in my closings. Does this make sense? You and I are worthy because of Christ’s blood. We are holy and blameless because of Christ’s blood. We will be in heaven because of Christ’s blood. I never intended to lead anyone astray. And if I have offended you in my closings I apologize for any confusion I may have caused. I hope you can understand why I will still continue to use it. God bless you brother!


DocReits January 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Hi Derek,

Thank you for your kind reply. I will not mention it again after this. I have many JW patients, as an example, regarding my concern. They are continually witnessing to me to convert me to their beliefs. They do this for one primary reason…not because they are concerned about my welfare(primarily) but “because” it is their “requirement” in order for their redemption or salvation.

For David,

They(JW’s) witness(walk) in order to be “worthy”(deserving) of salvation(God). What is so difficult to understand here? The born again Christian ceases from his/her works in order to be “deserving” of salvation. That is why Jesus died for us!! We cannot become deserving(worthy) of salvation through our walk(works). We walk appropriately out of our submission and love for Jesus…not to be “worthy”.

I’m done now. Blessings to both of you.

(Aside…Thank you for allowing me to voice my concerns here. It is wonderful when Christians can voice their concerns in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.)



David January 22, 2014 at 2:04 am

For DocReats, the confusion is not about J W`s, it`s about “long and short o`s in Greek“. As I am nor ever was a student of Greek lang it`s “all Greek“ to me.
When I read my Bible, I ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, and trust Him rather than a translation into Eng. Often true meanings are lost in translation thats why I ask the Holy Spirit to help me understand.
Paul encourages the Philippians to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling“.
As far as J W`s are concerned, I know what I believe, my house is built on the rock, my faith is in God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
That Jesus died for my sins, your sins and the sins of ALL mankind, past, present and future. That He rose from the dead, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will return again to judge the living and the dead, and His Kingdom will never end. That we can cry Abba, Father, forgive me for I have sinned, and trust completely in Him.
That`s, for me, better than any translation or intellectual argument about nuances in language.
Blessings, David Central Europe


DocReits January 23, 2014 at 4:14 am

Amen David,

I did not mean to offend you, so please forgive me if I did. I agree with what you said about being led by the Spirit as we read the Word and that the Word of God is living and can only be spiritually discerned. But it must be translated in the way it was written.

The dear saints who meticulously copied the manuscripts throughout the ages were so careful to not make an error in their transcriptions that it is truly incredible.

Have you ever seen these ancient copies and how small and beautifully illustrated(colored calligraphy) they painstakingly and artfully created?

I would think there are many more places where you are located in Europe to see these than the ones here in the states I have seen.

The preservation process is in itself a miracle and a testimony to God preserving His Word throughout the millennia. In my opinion, this miracle should not be discounted, by defaulting to the argument that the Holy Spirit will make it “all good” if errors were made in transcription or translation.

We should make the attempt for greater clarification on key points, especially if the original language brings greater clarity than the translation. Works vs Faith is key and the reason for my post to Derek.

The HS works on your spirit to understand the Word. If the Word you are reading is wrongly translated, are you suggesting that the HS will just make it “all good”?

So much for folks like the Wycliffe translators, who take years and years of linguistic study to insure the proper translation of the Word into the tongue of those even without a written language.

I was moved by a Wycliffe missionary at a church I attended who spoke about his 25 year labor to create a written language for a tribe he lived with and to learn their tongue and then to use their local idioms to create a New Testament with this new written language he created for the people.

He held before us this precious 25 year work of a NT, painstakingly created to be as exact as humanly possible to the original text.

So these translation points may be seen as “nuances” to you but important for clarification on doctrine to others.

God Bless you David,


David January 21, 2014 at 3:05 am

I am a little confused by Doc`s comment, but please don`t try to explain or I will be even more confused.
I think Derek is quite right, when we accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour we become a new creature, and we are renewed, the Lord Holy Spirit does this by His indwelling.
Before I became a Christian I didn`t know what sin was, now through the Holy Spirit`s conviction I do, even though I still sin, 1Jn 1 vs 9 reminds us to confess our sins and we will be forgiven.
I found the message encouraging, not confusing, and I am sure when someone is born again he or she won`t get dragged into some cult.
Blessings, David Central Europe


Erick Knight April 21, 2015 at 12:18 pm

To All,
Good article. I felt that it made perfect sense. As I read through the comments below I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) When people deal with difficult situations or people on a regular bases (such as JWs) they begin to search for things to use when defending their view. They may even try (with good intentions) to stretch some things to prove their point. That is why context is so important. The word worthy is not hanging there by itself to be looked at, examined, and dissected. It is placed in a sentence and chapter so that it can be connected to a thought. Eph 4:1-3 is simple (incredibly simple) to understand without any deeper or scholarly probing. It can be defined by it’s context. Ye (Ephesians) walk (daily living) worthy (in a christian manner) wherewith you have been called (are you called a Christian? Walk like one). That is incredibly simple. It did not say walk worthy to become a Christian. It said walk like one because you have been called one (called by God on the bases of salvation through Jesus Christ).
2) Extremes can be dangerous. One person runs to the extreme of dissecting each word until they have lost the context. Their thought was absolutely correct, but they complicated what was completely simple to begin with. The other extreme can be ran to easily. To avoid making the first mistake, someone will run to the other extreme of minimizing study of the Bible by claiming to follow the Spirit instead of the Word. While both views are correct you have to find the balance. Hope this was helpful. Again, great BALANCED article.



Mpanji February 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

I must say, great article, but furthermore I love how you all break down the scripture to really define Eph 4:1to3, I mean, say someone understood it to mean “walk worthy to become a Christian….” knowing that millions of publications have been made by J.Ws, and many have been and are being mislead to work for their free gift… salvation. I don’t mean to dispute all your wonderfully articulated contributions to the post, I do though make emphasis that we continue to preach the free free gift to all, such good “argument” as this is food for one lost in twisted misinterpreted religion. so good work to all of you. God bless


Howard April 23, 2020 at 1:55 am

Thank you so so much! This is a powerhouse of knowledge . The article is very helpful.


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