Traits We Teach in Elementary

(Taken from Kids of Character – Flashcards, by Marilyn Boyer and The Holy Bible, KJ and ESV)

Alertness “Be soberminded, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Attentiveness “The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.” Proverbs 15:31

Availability “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, ‘Here am I; send me’.” Isaiah 6:8

Boldness “The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.” Proverbs 28:11

Compassion “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not to thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.” Proverbs 3:27-28

Contentment “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer.” Phillipians 4:11-12

Courage “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and be of good courage; be not afraid, neither be though dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:0

Decisiveness “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed.” James 1:6

Deference “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.” Phillippians 2:3

Dependability “He sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.” Psalm 15:4b

Diligence “And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

Discretion “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel…to give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.” Proverbs 1:1,4

Discernment “For the word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Endurance “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” 1 Peter 2:20

Enthusiasm “And whatsoever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23

Flexibility “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:6-7

Forgiveness “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13

Generosity “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38

Gentleness “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.” 2 Tmothy 2:24

Gratefulness “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20

Honesty “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” Colossians 3:9

Honor “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

Hospitality “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:13

Humility “He hath shown, thee O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mearcy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8

Initiative “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

Joyfulness “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.” Phillippians 4:4

Kindness “And be ye kind one to another, ternderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

Love “Little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

Loyalty “Most men will proclaim their own goodness; but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20:6

Meekness “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalm 25:9

Obedience “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:20

Orderliness “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40

Patience “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

Persuasiveness “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. Acts 28:23

Prudence “A prudent man foreseeth the trouble and hides himself: but the simple pass on and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3

Punctuality “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5

Resourcefulness “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

Respectfulness “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.” Philippians 2:3

Self-Control “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” Proverbs 25:28

Sensitivity “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another…” Colossians 3:12-13a

Thoroughness “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8

Tolerance “But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no meat while the world standeth, lest I make my brother offend.” 1 Corinthians 8:12-13

Truthfulness “Hear: for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abominiation to my lips.” Proverbs 8:6-7

Virtue “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge.” 2 Peter 1:5

Wisdom “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12