• The Temperament of the Heart

    Ephesians 4:31

    Putting sins of the tongue to death requires more than just the cessation of slander, as important as that is. More fundamentally, there needs to be a mortification of the ungodly anger and malice that so easily well up within ...Read More

  • The Tenth Commandment

    Deuteronomy 5:21

    Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate covetousness from legitimate desire. But there are things for which we can be on the lookout. Envy of another’s position likely indicates that one is coveting it. Obsession with a particular good to ...Read More

  • The Tenth Commandment

    Exodus 20:17

    The answer to covetousness is not the absence of all desire, as in Buddhism, but rather the cultivation of contentment (1 Tim. 6:6–10). It can be a long journey on the way to discovering how to be content in every ...Read More

  • Testifying of God’s Mercy

    Psalm 51

    Read John 4:1–42. What did the woman do when she heard that Jesus was the Messiah? What was the result of her testimony? Do you feel compelled to tell others of the mercy of Christ? Think through your testimony today ...Read More

  • That Good May Come

    Romans 3:8

    Telling people that they have not done and cannot do enough to merit the kingdom of God provokes all sorts of hostile reactions. Some question the Lord’s justice. Others accuse the preacher of telling people they should sin with abandon. ...Read More

  • They Hid Themselves

    Genesis 3:8

    How do you respond when you sin? Do you cling to the promises of Jesus for forgiveness or do you vainly seek to hide from Him? Perhaps you try to save yourself by minimizing your sin or by doing good ...Read More

  • Three Things the Lord Hates

    Proverbs 6:16–17

    As we go through this list in Proverbs 6:16–19 of the things that God hates, it will become clear that all of us are guilty of at least one of the sins that are enumerated. Think on that for a ...Read More

  • Tracing the Development of Sin

    How is the first temptation, “You will be like God,” evident in temptations you have faced or are facing? What should be your response?Read More

  • True Repentance and Prayer

    2 Corinthians 7:10

    It is not entirely inappropriate to fear being punished for sin. After all, the Bible warns us of such punishment. Yet that cannot be the sole thing that drives our repentance. We must come to the point that we are ...Read More

  • The Truth Comes Out

    Genesis 3:11-13

    It is in fallen human nature to shift the blame for sin to someone else. However, as John Calvin writes, “incitements and instigations from other quarters may impel us, yet the unbelief which seduces us from obedience to God is ...Read More

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