LISTEN: Biblical Character Development — Responsibility, Part 1 (The Man In the Mirror #41 with Daniel Whyte III)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we begin looking at the quality of responsibility from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Responsibility is knowing and doing what God and others are expecting of me.

The Biblical word duty describes the concept of responsibility. It is translated from the Greek word “o-phe-ilo. It means “to owe” or “to give the good will due” to another. The word o-phe-ilo is translated different ways in the New Testament. These include the words: ought, due, need, owe, and bound.

The Bible describes several duties that are a believer’s responsibility.

1. Paying on a debt of love. Romans 13:8 says, “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”

2. Supporting faithful ministers. Romans 15:27 says, “It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.”

3. Protecting weaker believers. Romans 15:1 said, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

4. Making marriage decisions. 1 Corinthians 7:36 says, “But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.”

5. Being thankful for believers. II Thessalonians 1:3 says, “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.”

6. Suffering for believers. I John 3:16 says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

7. Being in submission. I Corinthians 11:10 says, “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.”

8. Caring for children. II Corinthians 12:14 says, “The children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.”

9. Walking in Christ’s love. I John 2:6 says, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” I John 4:11 says, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

10. Providing hospitality. III John 5-8 says, “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers… We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth.”

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Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.