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Character Traits

We want kids to see the excellent character of our all-powerful God and why He is the hero of every story.

We do that by looking at 36 godly character traits – one per month – with weekly Finish Lines that teach kids about God, His Word, and how He can help us reflect His character to the world.

September 2020

Initiative

Taking wise action without being told

“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16 (NLT)

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October 2020

Discernment

Seeking God’s direction before acting

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

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November 2020

Thankfulness

A grateful heart that comes from trusting God

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

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December 2020

Purity

Being clean and free from the power of sin

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a loyal spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10 (NLT)

January 2021

Gentleness

Responding in a kind and careful way

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowances for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)

February 2021

Love

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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

March 2021

Trustworthiness

Being dependable without a doubt

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.” Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

April 2021

Patience

Trusting and waiting on God in all things

“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT)

May 2021

Consistency

Doing what pleases God each time, every time, for a long time

“You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.” Psalm 119:4-6 (NLT)

June 2021

Hope

Having confidence in God’s promises

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NLT)

July 2021

Obedience

Following God’s commands His way, right away, all the way

“If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15 (NLT)

August 2021

Courage

Being brave because God is with me

“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Respect

Honoring what God says is true about Himself, others, and you

“Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.” 1 Peter 2:17 (NLT)

Responsibility

Being someone that God can count on

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” Galatians 6:4-5 (NLT)

Fear

Having the right view of God’s perfect justice, grace, and authority

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases Him, and love Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12 (NLT)

Faith

Trusting in God, His Word, and His Promises

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

Wisdom

An understanding of God’s truth that guides your actions

“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey His commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” Psalm 111:10 (NLT)

Righteousness

Being declared right in God’s sight, no matter who you are or what you’ve done

“But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.” Romans 4:5 (NLT)

Diligence

Consistently working with all your heart to bring glory to God

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Goodness

A heart that reflects the excellent character of God

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Humility

Living with the right understanding of who God is, who I am, and who you are

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

Peace

An untroubled heart that comes from trusting God

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (NLT)

Service

Seeing a need and meeting it out of a heart for God

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.’” Mark 10:45 (NLT)

Joy

Delighting in God in all circumstances

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!" Philippians 4:4 (NLT)