• Meekness and Self-Control

    Numbers 12:1-15

    Today’s lesson puts the fruit of the Spirit into a chain of growth and development. Read the last paragraph again, and then close the book and see if you can rehearse the logic of Galatians 5:22–23. In ...Read More

  • Patience and Kindness

    1 Corinthians 13

    Consider today’s lesson as a test. As you review it, evaluate yourself in terms of patience and kindness. Are you patient with those who are inferior to you, like your children? Are you as kind and sensitive to other ...Read More

  • Real Joy and True Peace

    Romans 14:13–23

    If you are a Christian, the Spirit has been poured into your heart, which means joy and peace have been poured into you. If you don’t feel much joy in Christ or peace with others right now, stop and ...Read More

  • Love Versus Death

    1 Corinthians 13

    When someone hurts or offends us, our reaction is usually to assume the worst possible motive in that person. But one application of the law of love is that we should give others the benefit of the doubt. How have ...Read More

  • The Wellspring of Love

    Romans 5:1-11

    Sin, ultimately is a failure to love ordinately. Either we fail to love enough, as when we mistreat others, or we love too much, as when we elevate love of God’s gifts above love of God. Seek always to ...Read More

  • Resisting the Sinful Nature

    Galatians 6:1–18

    As we finish our study of Galatians, consider anew Paul’s defense of the Gospel. All in whom the Spirit has worked must continue to fulfill the law of Christ. We are not redeemed to live independently. God gave the ...Read More

  • Grace Fulfills the Law

    Galatians 4:21–5:26

    Some nominal “believers” are professors of faith only. All who claim to be in Christ must also be possessors of faith. Read slowly and carefully the two lists of Galatians 5:19–23. Where do you need help? Pray through ...Read More

  • Saved and Sanctified by Faith

    Galatians 3:1–14

    The wonderful blessings that come with new life in the Spirit are not earned. They are God’s gifts to enable us to live the Christian life. When we act as if we have to earn them, we are actually ...Read More

  • James and Jesus

    James 5:13–20

    Think of ways that God, through this study of James, has been challenging you in the areas of testing, wealth and generosity, and wisdom and speech. Find a way to implement concretely a couple of the things you have learned ...Read More

  • The Repentant Heart

    James 4:1–17

    When was the last time you spent a day or part of a day in prayer and fasting, reading the psalms, going deep inside yourself before God and crying out to Him? We all need this from time to time ...Read More

  • The Evil of Envy

    James 3:13–18

    Selfish ambition is very dangerous. God has many good things for us, but often He tells us to be patient. We must be careful not to eye jealously what God freely gives to our neighbors. Going about our daily business ...Read More

  • Deadly Poison

    James 3:1–12

    On Pentecost, God gave His own tongues of fire to set the world aflame as a holy sacrifice to Him. When James criticizes our tongues as evil fires, he implies that we have made ourselves gods. Take a careful look ...Read More

  • True and Counterfeit Glory

    James 2:1–13

    Clothes make the man,” the saying goes. We behave better and feel more serious when we dress up. Do we dress up to go to banquets with mere men but not to attend the Lord’s Supper? Do we dress ...Read More

  • Lessons in Humility

    James 1:19–27

    The ability to listen to many sides of an issue before adding one’s own opinion manifests self-control and a teachable spirit. Those who are quick to speak are selfishly concerned with their point of view—they like to be ...Read More

  • The Acquisition of Wisdom

    James 1:1–12

    As has been taught, true wisdom is the combination of knowledge and practical experience. It requires involvement of people in the service of Christ’s disposal, allowing Him to deploy you in a variety of experiences where both wisdom and ...Read More