“… endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” Romans 5:4 (ESV)
So what is meant by character?
To me it’s what defines a person. Their personal qualities. Their “grit” when times are tough.
If someone is of “good” character then that’s a testament to their integrity and trustworthiness. Their willingness to lend a helping hand and “go-the-extra-mile”.
It serves as a witness to others that their beliefs actually have an an impact on their own behaviour and thus on the lives of others.
In the Epistle to James, Paul makes it clear that faith is displayed through our actions. That “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17)
Yet it’s our character that helps us when “we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)
prayer : that God would help me endure
action : put my words into action