God's Sword of Truth - The Word
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23.
The 1st fruit of the Spirit: LOVE
The first and most important of the spirit's fruits is love. Only as we live in love can we fulfill the will of God in our lives. The believer must become love-inspired, love-mastered and love-driven. "for the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we're all dead" 2 Corinthians 5:14. Without the fruit of the Spirit (love), we are just a religious noise. "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."1 Corinthians 13:1.
The Words of Christ in the Scripture bear record for us regarding love. "A new commandment I give unto you; that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:34-35. "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love" John 15:9. Christ tells us to love one another....."This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you."John 15:12. A greater love is that a man would die for his friends,"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."John 15:13. Again, the repeated command to love one another, "These things I command you, that ye love one another." John 15:17.
Christ tells us to love our enemies, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:43-44. "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest; for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil."Luke 6:35. Love them which love you not - perfect love, "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:46-48.
We are commanded to love God with all our heart, "Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Matthew 22:37. Jesus tells us of the Christian's love toward Christ... "If God were your Father, ye would love me; for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me" John 8:42. "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him." 1 John 5:1. This is outgoing proof of the new birth. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." John 14:21. "And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" John 17:26. Christ tells us that...... "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love."John 15:9. "The Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me." John 16:27.
Christians are to LOVE, " Though I speak of the tongues of men and angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understanding all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love)." 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
The 2nd fruit of the Spirit: JOY
There is a joy of reaping, "And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." John 4:36. Christ tells the Christian to rejoice when man shall persecute him. "Blessed are ye, when man shall hate you....and shall reproach you....rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy; for, behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." Luke 6:22-23. Let the Christian rejoice because his name is written in heaven, "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:20. There will be joy in heaven over a sinner that comes to repentance, "And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Luke 15:6-7. (compare Matthew 18:13). There will be joy of the angels over a sinner that repents,"And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:9-10. There was joy of Abraham, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad."John 8:56. The Christian will enter into the joy of the Lord, "His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."Matthew 25:21.
Christ tells us that if we loved him we would rejoice, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father; for my Father is greater than I." 1 John 14:28. These things were spoken that our joy might be full, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 15:11.
Christians are to have JOY. The Christian's sorrow will be turned into joy, "But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your hearts." John 16:6. "And ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy." John 16:20. Your joy no man taketh from you, "And ye now therefore have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." John 16:22. Ask and receive that your joy may be full, "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24. "These things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves."John 17:13.
The 3rd fruit of the Spirit: PEACE
Our source of peace comes from God the Father, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7. From Jesus Christ, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Nor let your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. From the Holy Spirit, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace..."Galatians 5:22.
The Word (Jesus Christ) gives us rest, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30. Christ gives peace unto the Christian..."Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. In the world there is tribulation - but in Christ there is peace. "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have overcome the world."John 16:33. Christ's words to us, "Peace be unto you; as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." John 20:21. Christ tells us to have peace one with another, "Salt is good, but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another." Mark 9:50. Blessed are the peacemakers, "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the Children of God" Matthew 5:9. Christ told us that He gives not peace to the earth but division. "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, nay, but rather division." Luke 12:51. (See read Luke 19:42).
Christians should live in peace, "....Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." 2 Cor. 13:11. Christians should pursue peace, "...but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." 2 Timothy 2:22.
Christians are to be PEACEMAKERS. "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the Children of God." Matthew 5:9. "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." Romans 12:18. "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another." Romans 14:19. "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." 1 Cor. 14:33. "Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace." Ephesians 4:3. "Be at peace among yourselves." 1 Thess. 5:13. "That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14. "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."James 3:17. "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile; let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it." 1 Peter 3:10-11.
The Christian has spiritual peace, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."John 7:38.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1. "To be spiritually minded is life and peace."...ROMANS 8:6. "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." Romans 14:17. "Let the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Now the God of peace be with you all." Romans 15:13-33. "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby; And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh." Ephesians 2:14-17. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be with you." Philippians 4:7-9. "And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." Col. 1:20. "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Col. 3:15. "Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means." 2 Thess. 3:16.
The 4th fruit of the Spirit: LONG-SUFFERING
Christ has taught the Christian the principle of life....MERCY. "Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7. He tells us to be merciful as the Father in heaven is merciful. "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6:36. Christ tells us of the mercy of the good Samaritan. (See Parable of Good Samaritan - Luke 10:30-37). A parable which teaches that he that shows mercy and compassion is a true neighbor. Also, He tells us that they that show no mercy shall receive none, "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee?" (See Parable of Unforgiving Servant - Matthew 18:23-35).
Christians are to be MERCIFUL. Through the assurance of our salvation and with confidence we obtain mercy, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16. In the Christian life there is a ground of hope, "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."Jude 21. The following are examples of Christ's mercy to sinners. Read Matthew 9:13-27 and Christ said,"But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, thou son of David, have mercy on us..."
There comes forgiveness in longsuffering...for if ye forgive men, the heavenly Father will forgive you, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14-15. If a brother repents, forgive him, "Take heed to yourselves; if thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him." Luke 17:3. Should your brother trespass seven (7) times and repent, forgive him, "And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven (7) times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him."Luke 17:4. We must also forgive unto seventy times seven, "I say not unto thee, until seven times; but, until seventy times seven."Matthew 18:22. When we stand praying, we must forgive, "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Mark 11:25. Also, he that is forgiven much, loveth much..(See Parable of Two Debtors - Luke 7:41-50). A parable showing the forgiveness of Christ and the love begotten by that forgiveness. Christ's prayer of forgiveness for his murderers, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."Luke 23:34.
The 5th fruit of the Spirit: GENTLENESS
Let us take on the gentleness of Christ, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your soul." Matthew 11:29. Gentleness is required of the Christian, "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men."Titus 3:1-2. Come to others with the meekness and gentleness of Christ, "Now, I, Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you.". 2 Cor. 10:1.
Christians are to be GENTLE. Gentleness is non-resistance...Resist Not Evil. "Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; but I say unto you, that ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:38-39. He that would take thy coat give him your cloak also..."and if a man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also." Matthew 5:40. If you are compelled to go a mile, go twain..."And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain." Matthew 5:41. The Christian prays for the person that despitefully uses him, "But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.". Luke 6:27-28. Always turn the other cheek, "And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also." Luke 6:29. Of him that taketh your goods, ask not again of that person, "And of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again." Luke 6:30. Put away your sword, "Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take thy sword shall perish with the sword." Matthew 26:52.
The 6th fruit of the Spirit: GOODNESS
The goodness of God is seen in the following Scriptures: "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" Romans 2:4. "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God; on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness; otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:22.
Christians are to be GOOD. It is more blessed to give than to receive, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35. Give and it shall be given to you, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into you bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Luke 6:38. Give to him that asketh of thee, "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." Matthew 5:42. Give to every man that asketh of thee, "Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again." Luke 6:30. Sell, give alms, have treasure in heaven, "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in heaven that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth." Luke 12:33. One thing thou lackest, sell, give to the poor, "One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me." Mark 10:21. Do not alms before men, "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 6:1. When thou doest alms do not sound a trumpet, "Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward." Matthew 6:2. Do thy alms in secret, "But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth; that thy alms may be in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:3-4. Concerning the poor widow...she gave more than they all, "Verily, I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."Mark 12:43-44. Give alms and all things clean are clean unto you, "But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you." Luke 11.41.
Let your light shine that they may see good works, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16. When you fast, be not of sad countenance - fast in secret, "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:16-18. Good works of self-righteousness are of no avail, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?" Matthew 7:22. A tree that bears no fruit must be cut down...(Parable of Barren Fig Tree - Luke 13:6-9). A tree that bears no fruit must be cut down. The good ground brought forth 30, some 60, some an 100-fold. "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirtyfold." Matthew 13:8, 23. You have been chosen to bear fruit, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whosoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." John 15:16. (See Parable of Vine and Branches - John 15:1-16).
The 7th fruit of the Spirit: FAITH
It is through FAITH that we are saved, "For by grace are ye saved though faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2:8. "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all" Romans 4:16. "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."Romans 4:5.
Christians are to have FAITH. Take no thought for your life, "Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Matthew 6:25. Your heavenly Father feedeth the fowls, "Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?" Matthew 6:26. Why take thought for raiment?, "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin." Matthew 6:27-28. How much more shall He cloth you?, "Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"Matthew 6:30. Take no thought what shall we eat or drink, "Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or wherewithall shall we be clothed? (for after all these things do the Gentiles seek). For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." Matthew 6:31-32. Seek ye first the kingdom of God - all else will be added, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33. Take no thought for the morrow, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34.
Faith is the work of God, "...This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." John 6:29. Faith is the substance of unseen things, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1. Salvation is a matter of faith...from beginning to end, "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17. Through faith the Christian is free from condemnation, "He that believeth on him is not condemned..." John 3:18. The Christian has freedom from spiritual death, "Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"John 11:25-26. He who has faith and believes on Jesus Christ will not perish, "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." John 3:16.
The 8th fruit of the Spirit: MEEKNESS
"Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3. "Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5. "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased' and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:12.
Meekness is essential to the Christian in receiving the Word, "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21. True wisdom, "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom."James 3:13.
Christians are to be MEEK. Christ is meek, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29. Christians should have the spirit of meekness, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." Galatians 6:1. Forbearing one another in love, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."Ephesians 4:1. Put on therefore, meekness, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."Col. 3:12. "Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." 1 Timothy 6:11. The servant of the Lord must instruct in meekness, "The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves." 2 Timothy 2:24. A meek and quiet spirit, "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Peter 3:4. "....and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." 1 Peter 3:15.
The 9th fruit of the Spirit: TEMPERANCE
"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things - now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I not as one that breatheth the air; but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached the truth to others, I myself should be a castaway."1 Cor. 9:24-27.
Temperance is helped by spiritual growth, "And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness." 2 Peter 1:6.
Christians are to be TEMPERATE. Temperance is to deny thyself and take up thy cross, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Luke 9:23.
What advantage is there to gain the whole world, "For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself or be cast away? A follower must hate his own life in comparison to his love for Christ. "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:33. He that looseth his life shall save it, "Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it." Luke 17:33.BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT - "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."Matthew 5:3. (compare with Luke 6:20).
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE
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