Friday: Further Thought – The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit
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Spectacles on Bible

“In modern language the passage in Galatians 5:22-23 could read something like this: ‘The Fruit of the Spirit is an affectionate, lovable disposition, a radiant spirit and a cheerful temper, a tranquil mind and a quiet manner, a forbearing patience in provoking circumstances and with trying people, a sympathetic insight and tactful helpfulness, generous judgment … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Gentleness and Self-Control
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Fruit of the Spirit

Read Galatians 5:23 and Matthew 5:5. Why is meekness or gentleness so important for Christlike leadership? Gentleness or meekness does not mean weakness. It is not cowardice or lack of leadership. On the contrary, Moses was called the meekest man on earth (Num. 12:3); yet, he was a powerful leader of God’s people. Meek people … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Kindness, Goodness and Faithfulness
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Read 1 Corinthians 13:4. Why does genuine kindness have such positive appeal to other people? Where do you see God’s kindness in His dealings with humanity? “Kindness” is the word frequently used in describing God’s dealings with His people. Kindness also describes our dealings with others in their failures. God could be quite harsh in … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Joy, Peace and Patience
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Truthfulness of Scripture

Romans 14:17 reads: “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (NASB). That is, joy is love’s reaction to the blessings of God and His great mercy and forgiveness. Now, human joy often is focused upon earthly things and is affected by the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Fruit of Love
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Fruit of the Spirit

Read Galatians 5:22 and 1 Corinthians 13. Why is love the first and foremost aspect of the fruit of the Spirit? How does love affect all the following aspects of this fruit? Love appropriately leads and crowns the various characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit and permeates the whole fruit. In a sense all … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Condition of Fruitfulness
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Bounty

Read John 15:1-11. Why can fruit come forth only out of a living relationship with Jesus, the vine? Why is abiding in Jesus so important? How do we abide in Him? The first secret to genuine Christian fruit bearing is to abide in Christ. Apart from Christ, we cannot produce genuine spiritual fruit. The fruit … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit
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Holy Spirit represented as a dove

Read for This Week’s Study: John 15:1-11, Gal. 5:22, 1 Corinthians 13, Rom. 14:17, Eph. 5:9, Matt. 5:5. Memory Text: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, NASB). The fruit of the Spirit is the true essence … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Holy Spirit and Living the Holy Life
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Spectacles on Bible

Read Ellen G. White, “Like Unto Leaven,” pp. 95-102 in Christ’s Object Lessons. How do we even begin to grasp the holiness of God when our nature is fallen and corrupt and His is uncompromisingly holy? His holiness defines Him as singular and separated from the world of sin and death that we humans experience. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Pursuing Holiness
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Christians Wanted Seven-Day Week

Read Psalm 15:1-2; Ephesians 4:22-24; and 2 Timothy 2:21. What do they tell us about holiness? Holiness is the precondition for enjoying the happiness of fellowship with God. It is the precondition for our usefulness to God. We know the truth of the saying: “Sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a … [Click to read more …]