• Loving One’s Wife Devotional

    Ephesians 5:25

    We may easily deceive ourselves and think that we are not obligated to fulfill our marital roles simply because our spouses are not fulfilling theirs. But God calls us to be faithful to our own callings, not those given to others, and He gives us the church to help us love our wives and submit to our husbands. Let us not look for loopholes that would make the hard portions of God’s will less demanding but rather follow Him in the power of the Spirit. View Resource

  • The Price of Love Devotional

    Ephesians 5:1-2

    Matthew 16:24–25 tells us that imitating God is a costly endeavor, one that requires daily self-denial and the narrow road of discipleship. If we think that there is no price to following the Savior, we are kidding ourselves. This price might even mean a martyr’s death, but for most of us it will mean putting up with the flaws of others, being eager to forgive, and being willing to give up what we want to do in order to serve others. View Resource

  • The Needfulness of Truth and Love Devotional

    Ephesians 4:15-16

    Are you conscious of the intimate way in which you are connected to all other believers? Your sins and holiness impact other Christians, for you share an inseparable link to them (Eph. 4:15–16). One of the key motivations in our sanctification (growth in holiness) is the realization that our deeds affect others in the body of Christ. If we love them like we should, we will strive to mortify sin and glorify Jesus. View Resource

  • One in Spirit Devotional

    Ephesians 4:2-3

    We cannot sacrifice truth for the sake of a superficial visible unity, which is an error evident in the liberal arm of the ecumenical movement. Still, we should not think that all efforts at visible church unity represent liberalism, for the splintering of the church into many denominations makes it hard for the world to see the love of Christ among believers. Let us work for visible unity where possible, bearing with one another in patience and love. View Resource

  • The Fullness of Christ’s Love Devotional

    Ephesians 3:17b-19

    If earthly families cannot be unified without the understanding and pursuit of love, how can we possibly think that true love for other believers is optional in the promotion of Christian unity? We are called to meditate on the depth of Christ’s love for us that we might understand all that He gave up for us. In so doing, we become better established in love and more willing to surrender our own interests for the sake of unity in the body of Christ. View Resource

  • The Riches of Redemption Devotional

    Ephesians 1:7

    John Chrysostom remarks, “It is astonishing that he gave the Beloved for those who hated him… . If even when we hated him and were enemies he gave the Beloved, what will he not do for us now?” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 108; hereafter ACCNT). The tremendous grace of God in choosing unworthy vessels to be His heirs reveals His abundant mercy and willingness to take care of everything we need. View Resource

  • Chosen in Love Devotional

    Ephesians 1:5-6

    The wonder of divine election is not that God loves us because we are lovely but that He loves us even though there is nothing lovely in us. But in choosing us, He loves us in order to make us holy in His sight. Those whom He chooses will certainly become more lovely over the course of their walk with Christ, and will be completely pure in glory. May we humbly remember that there is nothing in us to make God love us. View Resource

  • Growing Up in Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:11-13

    Knowledge of truth and the practice of love, as two of the chief indicators of Christian maturity, must both be emphasized in our walk with the Lord. Consistent study of the doctrines taught in the Bible is vital for our growth, and so is the love that demonstrates the attractiveness of the gospel. Ask yourself today if you emphasize truth more than love or love more than truth, and seek to bring both virtues into balance in your life. View Resource

  • Enduring Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:7

    To speak of suffering as a loving expression of God’s discipline is not to say that there is always a one-to-one correlation between a specific sin we have committed and our trial. Such a correlation may be true in some instances, but God’s discipline is broader than just correcting us for specific sins. He is also teaching us to rely only on Him — to love Him absolutely even when everything may be falling apart around us. View Resource

  • Truth and Hope Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:6-7

    All of us have experienced betrayals in our lives wherein somebody did not keep a promise or otherwise violated our trust. When God calls us to be trusting people, He knows that many will betray us, but that does not give us license to refuse to trust anyone in the future. May we ask God to give us good discernment when it comes to trusting others and to equip us to be trustworthy people ourselves. View Resource

  • Love and Evil Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:5-6

    Gossip and slander are two of the most overlooked sins in our day. We are quick to condemn sexual immorality, theft, and murder, but at the same time we often relish the opportunity to hear and tell stories about what others have said or done. When others are tempted to gossip in your presence, stand firm in the Spirit and suggest that the topic of conversation be changed to something more edifying. View Resource

  • Selfless Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:4-5

    Do you struggle with a short temper? Are you quick to exaggerate things and make the worst out of any and all circumstances? The antidote to these things is remembering the patience of our Creator. He did not wipe us off the face of the earth the first time we broke His commands. He shows us patience today in calling us to repentance. If our great God has shown such love, how can we think that we can show any less toward others? View Resource

  • Not Envious or Boastful Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:4

    Envy is an easy sin to hide because we can keep our mouths shut about what we are feeling in our hearts when we see others get blessings we have been longing for. It is therefore important to be constantly considering our inward attitudes and confessing them before God and maybe even brothers or sisters in Christ whom we trust. Envy can lead to all manner of other sins, and so we must ever strive to keep it in check. View Resource

  • The Priority of Love Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:1-3

    Consider whether you make love a priority this day. Are you zealous to preach the gospel and defend truth because you like to win arguments, or are you motivated primarily by love for lost people? Is it more important to be right when you argue with your spouse, or do you seek to treat that person with love, no matter what is going on? If love is not a priority for you, repent this day and strive to make expressing love part of your nature. View Resource

  • The Costs and Demands of Love Devotional

    Philemon 17-18

    Are you hesitating to do something that godly love compels you to do? If so, then may Philemon encourage you to stop putting it off and move forward today. Insofar as we are able, we must seek to be reconciled to those who have wronged us or whom we have wronged. Meditate on Paul’s epistle to Philemon and pray that you would be empowered to love others even when it is hardest to do so. View Resource