• True Friendship

    Proverbs 17:17

    Although Jesus is far more than a friend to us, we are blessed indeed to be counted as friends of His (John 15:13–15). Because His love is not finally grounded in what we are but who He is ...Read More

  • Pleasure and Poverty

    Proverbs 21:17

    Our culture encourages us to pursue pleasure at all costs, to look for what will please us in the present and not to think about the price we might pay in the future if we do not delay gratification. However ...Read More

  • Praising the Lord’s Faithful Love

    Psalm 117

    Our obedience to the Lord does indeed provide a profound witness to the truth of God, but that we can never serve Him perfectly points to a need for a greater testimony to His faithfulness. This witness can only be ...Read More

  • Standing Firm Against Adultery

    Proverbs 5:15-20

    Matthew Henry comments, “Let him that is married take delight in his wife, and let him be very fond of her, not only because she is the wife that he himself has chosen and he ought to be pleased with ...Read More

  • A Heart Inclined to God’s Law

    Psalm 119:33-40

    Scripture is clear that God created man “very good,” willing and able to love and serve Him (Gen. 1:31a). Scripture is also clear that since the fall, humanity does not exist in this very good state. Instead, our created ...Read More

  • Welcoming Others for God’s Glory

    Romans 15:7

    Jesus tells us that the greatest apologetic, or defense, for the Christian faith is love: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). He does not commend ...Read More

  • Fulfilling the Law

    Romans 13:10

    Augustine of Hippo writes, “The rule of love is that one should wish his friend to have all the good things he wants to have himself and should not wish the evils to befall his friend which he wishes to ...Read More

  • The Sum of God’s Commandments

    Romans 13:8-9

    As disciples of Christ, we must define love by what the Lord has revealed and not by what happens to feel right to us at the moment. Our hearts can deceive us, but God’s Word teaches us only the ...Read More

  • Harmonious Living

    Romans 12:16-17

    The world does not always understand what is good, and sometimes it even calls good evil and evil good. Still, unbelievers often recognize what is right and true, and they definitely know when we do not practice what we preach ...Read More

  • Hope and Hospitality

    Romans 12:12-13

    Because there were not many inns in the ancient world, hospitality was particularly necessary. That need continues today, even in countries where hotels and other lodging options are abundant. We should seek to show hospitality whenever we can, whether by ...Read More

  • Loving Affection and Honor

    Romans 12:10-11

    Zeal for the Lord does not mean uncontrolled exuberance or a passion that is not in submission to what God has told us. We see this in Paul’s admonition that our zeal must “serve the Lord” (Rom. 12:11 ...Read More

  • Genuine Goodness and Love

    Romans 12:9

    Today we see a false understanding of love manifested most commonly in romantic relationships. Many people justify adultery by saying that they no longer love their spouse but love another person. People often justify homosexual relationships by saying, “As long ...Read More

  • Paul’s Love for His Kinsmen

    Romans 9:1-3

    Paul’s teaching on divine election throughout the rest of Romans 9 shows that he knew that it was impossible for God to reject him—an elect person—for the sake of the reprobate. However, Paul’s love as displayed ...Read More

  • No Separation from God’s Love

    Romans 8:38-39

    Many Christians will accept that nothing outside of ourselves can separate us from God’s love, but they live with the constant fear that they might jump out of the Lord’s saving hand. But we are a part of ...Read More

  • Malachi Preaches God’s Love for Israel

    Malachi 1:1–5

    In Romans 9, Paul applies the election of the people of Israel to individual believers, telling us that those who are saved have been chosen from the foundation of the world. Divine election assures us of God’s love and ...Read More