Reading: Patience improves relationships
Reference: Rom. 15:1-7
Romans 15:1: We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Romans 15:2: Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Romans 15:3: For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Romans 15:4: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:5: Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Romans 15:6: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:7: Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Reading: Temperance is a fruit of the Spirit
Reference: Gal. 5:22-26
Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23: Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:24: And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Galatians 5:25: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:26: Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Reading: Effects of proper knowledge
Reference: James 3:13-18
James 3:13: Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
James 3:14: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
James 3:15: This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
James 3:16: For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:17: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 3:18: And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Reading: Virtue begins with thought patterns
Reference: Phil. 4:4-9
Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:5: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:9: 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.
Reading: Necessity of faith
Reference: Heb. 11:1-6
Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:2: For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Hebrews 11:3: Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Hebrews 11:4: By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Hebrews 11:5: By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Reading: The Lord is our shield
Reference: Deut. 33:27-29
Deuteronomy 33:27: The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Deuteronomy 33:28: Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Deuteronomy 33:29: Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
Reading: Example of Christ’s suffering
Reference: 1 Pet. 2:19-25
I Peter 2:19: For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
I Peter 2:20: For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
I Peter 2:21: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
I Peter 2:22: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
I Peter 2:23: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
I Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
I Peter 2:25: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Reading: Charity, the bond of perfection
Reference: Col. 3:12-17
Colossians 3:12: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Colossians 3:14: And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Colossians 3:15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Reading: The need for endurance
Reference: Heb. 10:32-39
Hebrews 10:32: But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
Hebrews 10:33: Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
Hebrews 10:34: For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
Hebrews 10:35: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Hebrews 10:36: For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Hebrews 10:37: For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Hebrews 10:38: Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Hebrews 10:39: But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Reading: Encourage one another daily
Reference: Heb. 3:12-15
Hebrews 3:12: Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Hebrews 3:13: But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:14: For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
Hebrews 3:15: While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
Reading: Exhortation to steadfastness
Reference: Phil. 1:27-30
Philippians 1:27: Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians 1:28: And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
Philippians 1:29: For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Philippians 1:30: Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Reading: Put on the armor of light
Reference: Rom. 13:11-14
Romans 13:11: And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Romans 13:12: The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Romans 13:13: Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Romans 13:14: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Reading: Follow after righteousness
Reference: 1 Tim. 6:11-18
I Timothy 6:11: But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
I Timothy 6:12: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
I Timothy 6:13: I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
I Timothy 6:14: That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
I Timothy 6:15: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
I Timothy 6:16: Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
I Timothy 6:17: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
I Timothy 6:18: That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Reading: God’s requirements for right living
Reference: Mic. 6:6-8
Micah 6:6: Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Micah 6:7: Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
Micah 6:8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Reading: Teaching our children right living
Reference: Deut. 6:4-9
Deuteronomy 6:4: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
Deuteronomy 6:5: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:6: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deuteronomy 6:7: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 6:8: And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deuteronomy 6:9: And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Reading: Dwelling together in unity
Reference: Ps. 133:1-3
Psalms 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133:2: It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
Psalms 133:3: As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Reading: Depart from evil and do good
Reference: Ps. 34:11-18
Psalms 34:11: Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Psalms 34:12: What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Psalms 34:13: Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalms 34:14: Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalms 34:15: The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Psalms 34:16: The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
Psalms 34:17: The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
Psalms 34:18: The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Reading: Clean hands and a pure heart
Reference: Ps. 24:1-6
Psalms 24:1: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psalms 24:2: For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Psalms 24:3: Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
Psalms 24:4: He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalms 24:5: He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psalms 24:6: This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Reading: Ten Commandments
Reference: Exod. 20:1-17
Exodus 20:1: And God spake all these words, saying,
Exodus 20:2: I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exodus 20:5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exodus 20:6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:7: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Exodus 20:8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exodus 20:10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Exodus 20:11: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Exodus 20:13: Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 20:14: Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:15: Thou shalt not steal.
Exodus 20:16: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exodus 20:17: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Reading: Forsake not commandments
Reference: Prov. 6:20-23
Proverbs 6:20: My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Proverbs 6:21: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
Proverbs 6:22: When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Proverbs 6:23: For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: