Character refers to your distinguishing characteristics. It is the sum of outstanding, good qualities that define your reputation as a person. People are said to have character when they are known for their qualities such as integrity, honesty, fairness, morality, work ethic, dependability, compassion, and courage. These traits are admirable to many and are considered virtues to be esteemed. More importantly, the Bible defines them as virtues of godliness.
Poor character refers to qualities of those who are dishonest, irresponsible, deceptive, immoral, greedy, selfish, cruel, and cowardly. These traits are reprehensible because they contribute to personal failure and usually negatively affect others. Failure is associated with and often blamed on poor character. Wide spread moral failure of character defines a culture and results in social decline of productivity, liberty, and well-being.
True character is manifested in a person when he is alone and not being watched by others. As a result, true character is also seen by others because a person of good character is the same in public and private.
False character is manifested in public in order to gain a good reputation. Such deception is hypocrisy, which is a quality of poor character. A person of poor character can appear good or bad in public. But in private, he manifests poor character.
Good character is not the absence of poor qualities. Because of your sin nature, the temptations of poor character are always with you. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me” (Romans 7:21). Those having a reputation of good character have disciplined themselves to overcome poor qualities. Over time, good habits help with resisting temptations. It is the consistency to overcome sin not the absence of temptation to sin that characterizes a person of character.