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Operational Definitions of Character

A simple, practical explanation of Biblical character qualities.

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Why Did I Say That?

BY JERRY HARVILL

Words are rooted in feelings, and if the roots are bad, then the words will be bad too. Calloused hearts don’t produce compassionate lips; aggression is incompatible with graciousness. Therefore, if we would stop saying words that wound, we must go beyond words to the attitudes behind them.

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The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

BY JONATHAN EDWARDS

Seventy things that Johnathan Edwards resolved would characterize his life by the grace of God.
"Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live."

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The Fierce Fruit of Self-Control

BY JOHN PIPER

How does the Spirit produce this fruit of self-control in us? By instructing us in the superior preciousness of grace, and enabling us to see and savor (that is, "trust") all that God is for us in Jesus. "The grace of God has appeared . . . instructing us to deny . . . worldly desires . . . in the present age" (Titus 2:11). When we really see and believe what God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken.

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