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February 24—Joy The word for today is joy. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Gal. 5:22). ...

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February 23—Praise The word for today is praise. “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Ps. 146:1-2). “Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness” (Ps. 150:2). “The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones” (Ps....

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February 22—A Pearl for Today: Contentment “Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance. I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Phil. 4:11-12). CONTENTMENT There ...

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February 21—Kindness The word for today is kindness. “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me” (Ps. 116:5-6). “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (Ps. 145:8-9). “And so, as those who ha...

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February 20—Time The word for today is time. “And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, no...

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February 19—Christlikeness The word for today is Christlikeness. “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you” (Gal. 4:19). “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2). “But we all, with unveiled face beholding...

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February 18—Honesty The word for today is honesty. “Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin” (Ps. 17:3). “And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance” (Luke 8:15). “Show me your way...

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February 17—Lying The word for today is lying. “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers” (Prov. 6:16-19). “But for the cowardly and unbelie...

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February 16—Tongue The word for today is tongue. “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction” (Prov. 16:23). “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov. 12:18). “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit” (Prov. 15:4). “This you know, my beloved brethren. But le...

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February 15—A Pearl for Today “Hate evil, you who love the Lord” (Ps. 97:10 NASB). HATRED OF EVIL One evening many years ago, I was reading about the life of King David with our two youngest children, Julea and Andy. Andy liked to read about King David and was very interested in his life. When we had finished reading that night, Andy asked about the next story in the book on David. I read th...

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