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Developing Peace

Peace of mind is found only in the Christian who has learned to trust in God. God keeps only “him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because He trusteth in Thee’’ (Isa. 26:3). When we confess sinfulness, turn from our sins, and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then we […]

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He that Striveth…is Temperate

We have come at last to temperance, the last of nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit as that fruit is outlined by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5. The word “temperance” in the original (Greek), we are told, means literally “inner strength.” It refers here to the strength of character which enables one […]

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Temperance

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank. . . .” Daniel 1:8   And so, finally, we come to temperance, the last of nine evidences of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. What is […]

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Developing Temperance

After Saul knew that God would give the kingdom to David, his wrath and jealousy were kindled toward David to such an extent that he dealt treacherously with David over a long time and tried to kill him at every opportunity. He would take Israel’s army in constant pursuit of the fulfillment of his maddening […]

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Learn of Me; for I am meek…

Just how important is meekness in the estimation of God? The Apostle Peter, who wrote by the inspiration of the Spirit, declared it to be a grace of the highest order. He says of the “ornament of a meek and quiet spirit’’ that it is “in the sight of God of great price” (I Pet. […]

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Meekness

“Behold, they King cometh unto thee, meek. . .”  Matthew 21:5   There is a certain truth in the theory of Thomas Carlyle, “The history of this world is the biography of its great men.’’ Certainly it is true that the great leaders of this world have left their mark on history’s lessons. Equally true […]

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Developing Meekness

If we are to assume our calling to develop the fruit of the Spirit called “meekness”, then it is necessary to know its proper place and motive in the life of the believer. Jesus gives us the way in which this development will take place: take My yoke upon you and learn of me, for […]

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Developing Faith

Exactly what is this fruit of the Spirit.  Once we understand what it is, we can consider how it is developed. We all know that faith is frequently spoken of in the holy Scriptures.  As such it is a knowing and a trusting; knowing God from His Word and a trusting confidence that He has […]

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But I Have Prayed For Thee…

“Whither goest thou?” “Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now.” “Why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.” ******* The scene is the upper room. The exchange was between two men, one a mere man, the other the Son of man. Both make what amounts to […]

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Developing the Virtue of Goodness

The aspect of the fruit of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, which occupies our attention at this time, is goodness. Goodness stands closely related to the virtue of gentleness – which immediately precedes it in the listing of the fruit of the Spirit. It is said that goodness is the activity which proceeds […]

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Unto the Least of These My Brethren

“When the Son of man shall come in all his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he […]

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Goodness

 “… for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11   Tucked between the saber rattling of the Book of Judges and the power and panoply of the six books about the kings of Israel lies the quiet little Book of Ruth. It consists in its entirety […]

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Neither Do I Condemn Thee…

There are some people, are there not, with whom it’s just plain difficult to get along. Others there are whose engaging personality makes it a plea­sure to associate with them. To the latter, one is easily and quickly drawn. Such people have a way of putting others at ease in their presence. For whatever the […]

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Gentleness

“But a certain Samaritan as he journeyed came where he was: and when he saw him he had compas­sion on him. And went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine and set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him.”   Luke 10:33-34 […]

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Developing the Fruit of Gentleness

That we might develop this virtue, it is required that we understand the concept, “gentleness”. The best way to gain such an understanding is to examine the pas­sages in which this word is used. A lexicon (a dictionary of New Testament Greek words) tells us that “gentle­ness” means “mild, pleasant; the opposite of harsh, hard, […]

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Longsuffering

“Choosing rather to suffer af­fliction with the people of God. . . .”  Hebrews 11:25 As a child, there were two stories from the Old Testament which dis­tressed me a great deal. Neither of these stories seemed to have a very just or happy ending. And if there is one thing which every child looks […]

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Father, Forgive Them

“If that idiot-driver at the head of the line had not been sleeping when the light turned, I could have made it through!’’ Have you ever heard anyone say that. . .or said it yourself? For that matter, how often do you go through an entire day without hearing a single snide remark about somebody […]

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Developing Longsuffering

For the Christian to grow and develop in this aspect of the fruit of the Spirit it is necessary that we know what it is and how we obtain it. To be longsuffering is to be patient in bearing the offences and injuries of others. It is to be mild and slow in avenging, i.e. […]

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Why Are Ye So Fearful?

Late on Christmas eve last year a pickup truck, having gone out of control on a snow-covered and slippery stretch of M-50 slid off the highway and overturned in the ditch. No one witnessed the accident. A few cars did pass that way during the next quarter of an hour or so, but, with nothing […]

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Peace

“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9 Without a doubt, the decade in which we live will be remembered as the era in which the greatest advances for women were made since the Women’s Suffrage […]

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Joy

“But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people could not discern the noise of the […]

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Happiness is……

That love, longsuffering, gentle­ness, meekness, and other of the fruit of the Spirit were manifest in all their perfection in the life of Christ goes almost without saying. But what about “joy”? One is inclined to wonder if we might perhaps be hard pressed to discover even a single occasion for joy in all the […]

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Developing Joy

Man was not originally made to mourn, but to rejoice. The Garden of Eden was man’s happy abode. As long as he was obedient to God, nothing in the Garden caused man sorrow. But Adam and the human race lost that joy when he fell into sin. Jesus Christ has come to bring restoration. Man […]

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Love

“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” I Samuel 18:1 The birds on the Judean plain still sang. The locusts whirred their dusty serenade. The soft evening […]

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Developing Love

The title of this article raises a question. How can we develop love, when it is a fruit of the Spirit? When love is called a fruit of the Spirit, then the implication is clear that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Agent Who works in us the blessings of salvation as merited by Christ […]

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