What you are is more important than what you know. (Tim LaHaye, late evangelical author)
We often hear a similar axiom: “What you are is more important than what you do.” That’s because what you are determines pretty much what you do. In the same way, what you are is the result of your heritage, knowledge, and the choices you’ve made. But those things are only a part of who we are. Our behavior will demonstrate our true character.
May you always be filled with the . . . righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God (Philippians 1:11).