Testing for Black Belt, Part 7

 

Several of our Brown Belts (Ikkyu) will be testing for Black Belt in about two weeks. Training at this point becomes more intense – physically, mentally and spiritually.

In our last article we began looking at the spiritual aspects of training for Black Belt in Grace Martial Arts classes. Let’s continue on that very important topic.

Grace Martial Arts has 78 specific Christian Character Qualities based on the Apostle Paul’s entreaty that we “become conformed to the image of God’s Son” (Romans 8:29) –

“Much emphasis is placed on superficial appearances and life style even among Christians. God warned Samuel about this in selecting a king for Israel. He said, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature… for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

God desires that true Christians develop godly character – the character of Christ. Once a person believes that Jesus Christ is his/her Savior, that person should have a compelling desire to be like Christ. To become like Him means that one needs to know Him. The following characteristics are provided to help one to learn Biblical Godly, Christ-like qualities.” Yon Ch’uan Martial Arts Black Belt Study Guide With Scriptures

Here are some examples of Christian Character Qualities from the Black Belt Study Guide  (in alphabetical order) –

1. AGREEABLENESS

Finding a biblical decision, solution, or proposal acceptable enough that I can support and others would not oppose.

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”(Amos3:3)

2. ALERTNESS

Using my physical and spiritual senses to recognize and respond to dangers biblically.

“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, like a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

3. APPRECIATION

Giving God and others genuine compliments for their importance and value to me.

“… Take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:10 NLT)

4. ATTENTIVENESS

Acknowledging the worth of a person by giving total concentration to his words.

“… We must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” (Heb 2:1 NLT)

5. AVAILABILITY

Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving.

“… Immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia.” (Acts 16:10)

6. BOLDNESS

Speaking the truth and doing the right thing regardless of the consequences.

“We may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Heb. 13:6)

We invite you to read more about the 78 Christian Character Qualities here.

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Our ministry purpose is to provide a Christ-centered, easy-to-do, therapeutic, restorative healthcare activity that will assist a person to reach his/her optimal affective, cognitive, psychomotor and spiritual potential.

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