What is Good Character? (adapted from The Power For True Success from the Institute of Basic Life Principles, page 10).

Character is the inward motivation to do what is right according to the highest standards of behavior in every situation.

Character consists of the stable and distinctive qualities built into an individual's life that determine his or her responses, regardless of the circumstances.

Character is the wise response to the pressure of a difficult situation and what we do when we think that no one is watching.  It is the predictor of good behavior.

The Greek word for character is carakthr.  It is translated in Scripture as "express image."  The word carries with it the idea of an engraving tool, or exact die stamp.  It is used of Jesus who fully expressed the character of the Father in His life.

Diligence is the steady application of effort to accomplish a task.  It is exerting oneself to fulfill what is undertaken without unnecessary delay.  The word diligence comes from the Latin word, diligo (which is a compound word from dis and lego, meaning to chose the best, ignoring the unimportant)

The Greek word for diligence is spoudh (spoo-day) which emphasizes speed or haste to urge yourself onto completion of a task.  (Taken from Character Booklet 6 "How to Develop Diligence" Copyright 1992, Institute in Basic Life Principles)