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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Benefits of Abiding in Gods love, mercy and grace.
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Friday, 26 February 2021

John 15:26-27
26 But when the [c]Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Matthew Henry commentary gives this account about these verses.
Christ having spoken of the great opposition which his gospel was likely to meet with in the world, and the hardships that would be put upon the preachers of it, lest any should fear that they and it would be run down by that violent torrent, he here intimates to all those that were well-wishers to his cause and interest what effectual provision was made for supporting it, both by the principal testimony of the Spirit (John 15:26), and the subordinate testimony of the apostles (John 15:27), and testimonies are the proper supports of truth.
I. It is here promised that the blessed Spirit shall maintain the cause of Christ in the world, notwithstanding the opposition it should meet with. Christ, when he was reviled, committed his injured cause to his Father, and did not lose by his silence, for the Comforter came, pleaded it powerfully, and carried it triumphantly. When the Comforter or Advocate is come, who proceedeth from the Father, and whom I will send to supply the want of my bodily presence, he shall testify of me against those that hate me without cause. We have more in John 15:26 concerning the Holy Ghost than in any one verse besides in the Bible; and, being baptized into his name, we are concerned to acquaint ourselves with him as far as he is revealed.
1. Here is an account of him in his essence, or subsistence rather. He is the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father. Here, (1.) He is spoken of as a distinct person; not a quality or property, but a person under the proper name of a Spirit, and proper title of the Spirit of truth, a title fitly given him where he is brought in testifying. (2.) As a divine person, that proceedeth from the Father, by out-goings that were of old, from everlastingThe spirit or breath of man, called the breath of life, proceeds from the man, and by it modified he delivers his mind, by it invigorated he sometimes exerts his strength to blow out what he would extinguish, and blow up what he would excite. Thus the blessed Spirit is the emanation of divine light, and the energy of divine power. The rays of the sun, by which it dispenses and diffuses its light, heat, and influence, proceed from the sun, and yet are one with it. The Nicene Creed says, The Spirit proceedeth from the Father and the Son, for he is called the Spirit of the Son, Gal. 4:6. And the Son is here said to send him. The Greek church chose rather to say, from the Father by the Son.
2. In his mission. (1.) He will come in a more plentiful effusion of his gifts, graces, and powers, than had ever yet been. Christ had been long the ho erchomenoshe that should come; now the blessed Spirit is so. (2.) I will send him to you from the Father. He had said (John 14:16), I will pray the Father, and he shall send you the Comforter, which bespeaks the Spirit to be the fruit of the intercession Christ makes within the veil: here he says, I will send him, which bespeaks him to be the fruit of his dominion within the veil. The Spirit was sent, [1.] By Christ as Mediator, now ascended on high to give gifts unto men, and all power being given to him. [2.] From the FatherNot only from heaven, my Fathers house (the Spirit was given in a sound from heaven, Acts 2:2), but according to my Fathers will and appointment, and with his concurring power and authority. [3.] To the apostles to instruct them in their preaching, enable them for working, and carry them through their sufferings. He was given to them and their successors, both in Christianity and in the ministry; to them and their seed, and their seeds seed, according to that promise, Isa. 59:2121 As for Me, says the Lordthis is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants descendants, says the Lord,from this time and forevermore.
 
3. In his office and operations, which are two:(1.) One implied in the title given to him; he is the Comforter, or Advocate. An advocate for Christ, to maintain his cause against the worlds infidelity, a comforter to the saints against the worlds hatred. (2.) Another expressed: He shall testify of me. He is not only an advocate, but a witness for Jesus Christ; he is one of the three that bear record in heaven, and the first of the three that bear witness on earth. 1 John 5:7, 8


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Bitterness leads to hate and hate leads to murder!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 19 February 2021

JOHN 15 VERSES 18-25 TELLS US A STORY HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE HATED JUST LIKE THE LORD! The World’s Hatred
18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My names sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, They hated Me without a cause.
Here Christ discourses concerning hatred, which is the character and genius of the devils kingdom, as love is of the kingdom of Christ. Observe here,
I. Who they are in whom this hatred is foundthe world, the children of this world, as distinguished from the children of God; those who are in the interests of the god of this world, whose image they bear, and whose power they are subject to; all those, whether Jews or Gentiles, who would not come into the church of Christ, which he audibly called, and visibly separates from this evil world. The calling of these the world intimates, 1. Their number; there were a world of people that opposed Christ and Christianity. Lord, how were they increased that troubled the Son of David! I fear, if we should put it to the vote between Christ and Satan, Satan would out-poll us quite. 2. Their confederacy and combination; these numerous hosts are embodied, and are as one, Ps. 83:5.With one mind they plot together;
 they form an alliance against you Jews and Gentiles, that could agree in nothing else, agreed to persecute Christs minister. 3. Their spirit and disposition; they are men of the world (Ps. 17:13, 14), By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
 from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
 may their children gorge themselves on it,
 and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
wholly devoted to this world and the things of it, and never thinking of another world. The people of God, though they are taught to hate the sins of sinners, yet not their persons, but to love and do good to all men. A malicious, spiteful, envious spirit, is not the spirit of Christ, but of the world.
II. Who are they against whom this hatred is levelled-against the disciples of Christ, against Christ himself, and against the Father.
1. The world hates the disciples of Christ: The world hateth you (John 15:19); 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
and he speaks of it as that which they must expect and count upon, John 15:18;18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
 as 1 John 3:13Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.
(1.) Observe how this comes in here. [1.] Christ had expressed the great kindness he had for them as friends; but, lest they should be puffed up with this, there was given them, as there was to Paul, a thorn in the flesh, that is, as it is explained there, reproaches and persecutions for Christs sake, 2 Cor. 12:7, 10And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to [a]buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

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Love According to the Bible!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 12 February 2021

What's Love? I love this account of love by Peter Aiello and hope you do to?

2:22PM EST 2/10/2021 PETER AIELLO

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It depends on who you ask: but should it? Most of the time, the answer to the question comes in the form of some human variation of love even though we may be talking about God. At times, loving God is interpreted in the same way as one would be in love with another human being. If this is all that it is, the person without the capacity to experience this type of love is in bad shape in relation to God. When the word 'love' is used in Psalms 91:14, it is used in the sense of cleaving or clinging to God. This makes it doable even for those who have no experience of falling in love with anyone because cleaving can be viewed as a dependence on God.
Loving God is the greatest of the two great commandments (see Matthew 22:37-38). This is because when we cling to God in the way that He wants us to, we open ourselves up to His agape love in a special way. His love then gives us the capacity to love our neighbor in a manner that is not possible for those who do not love God. For this reason, the second great commandment needs to be preceded by the first: it cannot be a substitute for the first. His special agape love for us is a fruit of the Spirit; therefore, it flows into us when God's Spirit is within us (see Galatians 5:22-23); and is not otherwise available for human beings. Without His Spirit within us, it is not possible to experience it. The different aspects of this agape love from God are described in 1Corinthians 13. Without it, our outward displays of love don't do us any good: "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [agape love], it profiteth me nothing" (1Corinthians 13:3).


 

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