Tag Archives: Galatians

The Christian’s Rule of Life – Galatians 5:23-26

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“Meekness, temperance – against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:23-26 The subject of the Christian’s rule of life […]

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The Capacity to Control – Temperance

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Temperance, being the last spiritual fruit (at least, in Galatians 5), acts as a very good conclusion to the list, because it really tells us what is required of a believer to grow spiritually in all the other aspects we have looked at. One cannot resist the lusts of the flesh if he cannot control his body, the channel through […]

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The Majesty of Meekness

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The 1828 edition of Webster’s Dictionary defines meekness as “Softness of temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations.” Interestingly Mr. Webster adds “Meekness is a grace which Jesus alone inculcated, and which no ancient philosopher seems to have understood or recommended.” (Imagine seeing a dictionary which says that today!). The main thought behind meekness is the foundation character of […]

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The Theology of Faith

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The concept of faith is quite extensively dealt with in Scripture with various examples, exhortations, and elaborations centering around a fuller understanding of its place in our lives. A book could easily be written on the subject, and indeed many have been. For our purposes, however, we will have to be limited to a basic, yet comprehensive overview of the […]

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Goodness as a Fruit – Reclaiming Quality Christianity

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Underlying the word good in the New Testament are two Greek words, agathos and kalos, the former of which is used in Galatians 5, which we are considering presently. Both are general words that describe something of desirable quality. One has said that agathos envisions something to be good in terms of its results, while kalos names the sort of […]

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Kindness: Be a Pleasant People Person

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Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. – Psalm 112:4-5 We know within ourselves the difference between a favorable person and an unfavorable person. One is warm and friendly; the other is not ready to […]

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A Tempered Temper – The Art of Suffering Long

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When was the last time you appreciated it when an acquaintance angrily snapped at you simply because of a misunderstanding of your words? When have you rejoiced over someone’s folding under the pressure of a trial? On the other hand, how can we not have joy in our hearts when we see a faithful believer endure until the end of […]

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Rest With Us: Finding Biblical Peace

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As believers, we are confident to know that relationally “being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is absolute, unconditional, and unchanging. Yet it is often much more difficult to come into the enjoyment of that peace, that is, the peace of God rather than peace with God. Basically, in each one of […]

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