First, two really long set of verses:
2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self control; and to self control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Peter would've never passed Mr. Curly's classes, he has way too many run-on sentences.)
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against these things there is no law.
Character is one-third of our philosophy here at the Curly Household. In our character, we are to emulate Jesus Christ (which will lead to contentment and godliness).
Once again, as with contentment, this lesson has been as much for me (if not more for me) than for our children. In studying the Bible to put this philosophy together, I have learned two things:
1) There are a MILLION verses that speak about the character we should have. It was extremely difficult to cut it down to two for this post.
2) My character is awful. I'm really not a good person. BUT
2a) nobody is. Romans 3:23 - all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
2b) its okay because - Romans 3:24 - and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
So for now, I'm focusing on being a Psalm 1:1-3 person
Psalm 1:1-3 condensed:
Blessed are those.... who delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on His law day and night. They are like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither....
I am trying to each delight each in day in the law of the Lord, so that I may yield the fruit of the spirit, and in turn, teach my children to emulate Christ in their character.