• Paying the Cost

    Philemon 19-20

    In Philippians 2, Paul calls us to follow the example of Christ and put others ahead of ourselves. We seldom consider how our decisions and behavior will be regarded in the community of believers, but this should not be. Instead ...Read More

  • Receiving Onesimus

    Philemon 17-18

    John Calvin takes Paul’s willingness to help Onesimus be reconciled to Philemon as an example for us. The apostle, he writes, “warns us how affectionately we ought to aid a sinner who has given us proof of his repentance ...Read More

  • Husbands, Wives, and Children

    Colossians 3:18-21

    Paul expands on male and female roles in Ephesians, and our study of that book in a few months will look at this topic in more detail. Today, note that submission need not mean some household chores belong exclusively to ...Read More

  • The Love and Peace of Christ

    Colossians 3:14-15

    When church elders, committees, and other bodies need to make a decision, their choice should in large measure be based upon what will bring peace to the church in the matter without compromising the gospel of Jesus Christ. Similarly, as ...Read More

  • Love and Assurance

    Colossians 2:1-2

    Like concern, love is not a mere emotional feeling but must also involve action. We can love other believers in our churches through encouraging them and pointing them to Christ. Contributing regularly to the deacons’ fund or other collections taken ...Read More

  • The Bride and Her Husband

    Ephesians 5:22-33

    Jesus certainly loves us individually and justifies us via our personal faith in Him. However, the relationship between Christ and His bride is a relationship between the sovereign Lord and a corporate body. Jesus loves a people as His bride ...Read More

  • Fulfiling the Law

    Romans 13:8–10

    Matthew Henry comments on love, saying “more is implied than is expressed; it not only does no harm, but it does all the good that may be.” The kind of love that fulfills the Law is active and not just ...Read More

  • The Greatest Commandments

    Matthew 22:34–40

    “We learn from this, that God does not rest satisfied with the outward appearance of works, but chiefly demands the inward feelings, that from a good root good fruits may grow” (John Calvin). Love is not primarily a feeling, but ...Read More

  • Christian Men in the Home

    Ephesians 5:22-33

    No one said the Christian life would be easy, and the fact that it is sometimes hard to love one’s wife or be submissive to one’s husband does not excuse us from the duties God lays upon us ...Read More

  • The Perils of Telling the Truth

    Galatians 4:15–17

    Matthew Henry offers this caution: “Ministers sometimes create enemies to themselves by the faithful discharge of their duty. Yet ministers must not forbear speaking the truth, for fear of offending others.” Pastors and leaders must love their people well, but ...Read More

  • Love, the Christian’s Goal

    1 Timothy 1:5

    What is your goal when you sit under biblical teaching? Is it to be equipped with knowledge for the sake of knowledge, or do you hope that your learning will make you more loving to God and neighbor? We are ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Care for His Own

    Matthew 18:10–14

    God is not willing that any of His own should perish (Matt. 18:14), and so He shepherds us, using His staff to discipline us if that is what is necessary to keep us in the fold. One way in ...Read More

  • The Beauty of Love

    Song of Solomon 5–6

    Dr. R.C. Sproul says in his series Wisdom: “There is nothing wrong with being in love. There is nothing wrong with extolling the beauty of our wives or of our husbands.” Husbands and wives, when was the last time ...Read More

  • God Is Good

    Nahum 1:7

    Even if the Lord never showed anyone mercy, His character would remain unblemished. However, in His rich goodness and love, He has decided to shower mercy on some so that we might better know how deep and how wide His ...Read More

  • Ethics for Situations

    1 Timothy 1:3–11

    How do you define what love is? Do you look to whatever “feels like love,” bowing to pressure from your friends and family? Maybe television, movies, or magazines determine what love is for you? Take some time today and meditate ...Read More