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God and Love                             Soul                           Heart

Sincere Caring                            Patience                    Be on your Guard

Hardened Hearts                       Lust                            Fasting

Forgiving God                             Spiritual Direction   Vine & Branch

Parable of the Sower                Ezekiel 18                  Psalm 119

Isaiah 59                                     Sin & Forgiveness     Hell

Correction, Rebuke, & Warnings

To understand character we ought to look closely at behavior that has been consistent over a long period of time. Then we can, perhaps, understand the heart, character, principles, values, and interests. So we ought to examine traits used by God in the bible that are consistent from Genesis to Revelation and/or Deuteronomy to Jesus. What messages does God provide us through various people time and time again throughout history? What does God instruct man over and over without fail? How does man react? Do we, today, resemble those in the past? These are some questions to consider as we study scripture. Yet we must have a circle of truth, others who can speak the truth boldly to help us realize our own preferences, expectations, false beliefs, misaligned with God's character. Otherwise we may continue in our self-deception.

NIV 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

New King James 2 Timothy 3:14-17 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

2 Timothy 3:15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Luke 24:45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Acts 17:2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

Acts 17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Romans 16:26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith

James 2:8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;

James 2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

Commit to increased understanding of "God's Word"

We ought to increase our commitment to learn scripture, not just how to define terms using words, but how to discern its deeper meaning within our hearts and minds.

The ability to read daily requires commitment and rebuking our inward motivation to do otherwise. To be consistent we will often require some high level of self-discipline. Once we understand the excellence behind such perseverance we will not want to stop. We will seek out the word of God and God's beauty inwardly as we experience him with, at times, excitement and joy. Our feelings are not to be our motivation nor our guide into action. Our motivation is to do what is right-righteousness not forgetting the inward experience of our heart.