• A Call to Self-Examination

    Galatians 6:3–4

    Take some time this day to perform some self-assessment. Do you think that you are more deserving of God’s favor than other people? Repent if you have so thought. Also, if you have believed the Lord cannot use you ...Read More

  • An Offering of Gratitude

    Romans 12:1

    Without an understanding of the grace of God and submission to Christ’s lordship, we cannot dedicate ourselves to the Lord in thanksgiving. Sanctification follows justification; the ability to walk in holiness is a benefit that results from our having ...Read More

  • A Sign of Destruction and Salvation

    Philippians 1:28

    We do not earn our place in heaven through the consistent endurance of persecution and harassment. Rather, such endurance proves that we have the faith that can alone lay hold of the benefits of salvation, for “the one who endures ...Read More

  • Being Trustworthy

    Hebrews 11:1-13

    Do you have a reputation for dependability? Or do others think of you as less than trustworthy? If the latter, how can you address this problem? Simply put: promise cautiously, deliver studiously. Do not say you “forgot” or make other ...Read More

  • Be Patient

    James 5:7–9

    Presently, the people of God suffer under the rule of ungodly men. Yet, as we have read today, one day this will all be reversed. We must, therefore, wait patiently for this day, working to help spread the good news ...Read More

  • Children of Light

    Ephesians 5:7-9

    The fruit of light listed in today’s passage — goodness, righteousness, and truth — are examples of what Paul elsewhere refers to as the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22–24). These things, along with qualities including love, joy, patience ...Read More

  • Counting It All Joy

    James 1:2–8

    To be able to count it all joy, you have to be able to trust God. Do you have that kind of confidence in the sovereignty and goodness of God? Do you look to Christ in the midst of your ...Read More

  • Don’t Worry, Be Joyful

    Galatians 5:22–26

    The New Testament not only commands us to be joyful, but it tells us how. Basically, we can be joyful by focusing our attention on the source of our joy. If you find yourself depressed, down, afflicted focus your mind ...Read More

  • Faith and Fruit

    Galatians 5:19-23

    Scripture is clear that sinless perfection is impossible in this life (1 John 1:8–9), so we will never exhibit any of the fruit of the Spirit flawlessly on this side of glory. Nevertheless, there is a difference between ...Read More

  • Faith and Fruit

    Galatians 5:19–23

    No single Christian has every gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:1–11). However, this is not true of the fruit. All of us must be growing in our expression of each. Take some time to look at ...Read More

  • Faith and the Means of Grace

    Colossians 3:12-13

    John Calvin offers these comments on today’s passage: “We, who have so frequently and so grievously offended, have nevertheless been received into favor, so we should manifest the same kindness towards our neighbors, by forgiving whatever offenses they have ...Read More

  • False Prophets and Their Fruits

    Matthew 7:15–20

    Though we are all responsible to evaluate our teachers by the fruit of their teaching and lives, it does not necessarily follow that this evaluation is solely an individual responsibility. In fact, we need other Christians who are grounded in ...Read More

  • Gentle Admonition

    Galatians 6:1

    Calvin writes, “Whenever we have occasion to pronounce censure, let us begin with ourselves, and, remembering our own weakness, let us be indulgent to others.” May we never forget the need to take the log out of our own eye ...Read More

  • Gentleness

    Matthew 11:28–30

    God’s mercy and gentleness to unrepentant sinners will not last forever. One day they shall receive His wrath, and in some small way we will participate in the judgment of the world (1 Cor. 6:2a). Until that day ...Read More

  • Gentleness and Self-Control

    Matthew 11:28–30

    Jesus, indeed, was a gentle man, but He was by no means a pushover. He denounced sin when He needed to and gave His life of His own accord, not because the Romans and the Sanhedrin forced Him to the ...Read More