Character is not a gift received at salvation. It must be attained. Some type of character is in all of us, good or bad. However, for character that will influence your life now and future, we need to be sure we are building our character on the right foundation.
After salvation, one of the main issues God is after is character development. True character is usually shown in time of crises, sometimes revealing the best in us and sometimes exposing the worst through our personality and temperament.
There is a little saying that says it all: “Sow a thought and you reap an act; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Daily choices and decisions do make a difference.
Remember our Father will never put work or service about character. He is always looking at the heart in us, not just the eternal appearance. Proverbs 4:23 remains true. “Guard your heart, for out of it proceeds all the issues of life.”