The New Testament is full of descriptions of the character that we are to develop for our lives to fill the earth with God’s glory. For example:
The Beatitudes, in Matthew 5:3-9
Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .
Blessed are they that mourn . . .
Blessed are the meek . . .
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness . . .
Blessed are the merciful . . .
Blessed are the pure in heart . . .
Blessed are the peacemakers . . .
The definition of love, in 1 Corinthians 13
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Love 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.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 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.
12 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.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The Fruit of the Spirit, in Galatians 5:22,23 is:
Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance . . .
Fruitful growth in faith, in 2 Peter 1:5-7:
Add to your faith virtue;
And to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance;
And to temperance patience;
And to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness;
And to brotherly kindness love.
Once we understand what God’s glory is, we start to see the Bible come alive with references to it. Stay tuned for next week’s conclusion of the series.