• Saved to Testify Devotional

    Psalm 119:41–48

    When we are in a right relationship with the Lord, we see His law as a law of freedom. Having been freed from the burden of having to keep the law perfectly for our justification—for Christ has done that in our place—we are able to rejoice in the law as it establishes boundaries that help keep us safe from sin. We find freedom in being able to identify by the law what is truly sin and no longer feel false guilt when we do something that we once wrongly thought that God forbids. View Resource

  • Welcoming Others for God’s Glory Devotional

    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 an invisible love but one that is fully evident in our embrace of Christians who are different than us. Christ has embraced us, and we commit a great sin when we do not embrace others whom He has redeemed. View Resource

  • Fulfilling the Law Devotional

    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 avoid himself.” Doing no wrong to neighbor is more than just refraining from harm; it consists in working for the good of others, in doing for them that which we would want them to do for us (Matt. 7:12). Only God’s Spirit can generate such love in us. View Resource

  • The Sum of God’s Commandments Devotional

    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 truth. As we consider our love for others, a desire to act in conformity to the commands of the Lord will show us that what we are experiencing is the godly kind of love that the Lord demands. Is such love evident in your heart? View Resource

  • Paul’s Love for His Kinsmen Devotional

    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 in his asking to be cut off for the sake of the Jews is still an example for us. It models the love of Christ, who was willing to be rejected Himself so that His people could be saved. Let us ask the Lord to create in us self-sacrificial love for our friends, family, and neighbors. View Resource

  • No Separation from God’s Love Devotional

    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 creation, and if nothing in creation can separate us from God’s love, then we cannot separate ourselves from His love. His love for His people does not wax and wane. If He loves us in Christ, He loves us forever. View Resource

  • Love Finds a Way Devotional

    Romans 5:9

    Currently, we enjoy many blessings that come from being found righteous in Christ, but on the last day we will experience them to their fullest. There is a salvation to come—we will pass through God’s judgment unscathed on the final day and be rewarded with the resurrection of our bodies. We will be rescued from all the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual infirmities that currently plague us, and we will enjoy the Lord forevermore. View Resource

  • God’s Display of His Love Devotional

    Romans 5:6–8

    It is not merely that the perfect God-man died for imperfect people, though such is true as far as it goes. Instead, the perfect God-man died for those who hated His perfection, for those who were openly hostile to Him and refused to seek His perfect glory (Rom. 3:9–18). If it is so hard for us as sinners to love our enemies, what kind of love must God have to love His enemies in such a way? Full adoration is the only appropriate response to a God of such love. View Resource

  • Loving God by Loving Christ Devotional

    Matthew 10:37–39

    Adherents of other religions may do many good deeds in the name of God. They may even think that they are praying to Him when they beseech the Creator. But in doing all these things, they are really committing idolatry. There is only one way to worship and serve the one true God: through His Son Jesus Christ. We must, therefore, love Him for the entirety of our lives and call others to do the same. View Resource

  • Wholehearted Love and Service Devotional

    Deuteronomy 10:12

    The Westminster Shorter Catechism tells us that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Yet to glorify and enjoy Him, we must know Him as He is in His holiness, sovereignty, and love. We must understand what He has done for His people and His promises to bless those who follow His ways. The only way to do this is to study His revelation and sit under sound preaching that explores and applies the Word of God to God’s people. View Resource

  • Love for God and Neighbor Devotional

    Matthew 22:34–40

    Love of God and love of neighbor are connected. We cannot love God rightly if we do not love our neighbors, especially our fellow Christians, and we cannot love our neighbors rightly if we do not love God (1 John 4:20). As we grow in our sanctification, we must find ourselves loving both God and neighbor more and more. If we lack love, biblically defined, for either God or neighbor, we are not living a life that pleases our Creator. View Resource

  • Paul’s Love for His Audience Devotional

    Philippians 2:17–18

    Our love for those who minister to us should be part of what motivates our obedience to the Lord. As we grow in holiness, we help to show our pastors, Sunday school teachers, and other church leaders that their labor has not been in vain. Thus, our pursuit of conformity to Christ’s image is a tangible way that we can fulfill the command to love one another, especially those who lead us in the faith (John 13:34). View Resource

  • The Christian’s Conflicting Desires Devotional

    Philippians 1:21–24

    One commentator has wondered what it would mean for the church if we really acted on the reality that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” What if we more consistently conducted ourselves as if true life meant Christ and not a bigger house, a happy family, or a satisfying job, however important all these may be? What if we lived more regularly as if our deaths would result in the greatest gain we could ever conceive? View Resource

  • Paul’s Love for the Philippians Devotional

    Philippians 1:7–8

    In many ways, it is easier to pray or to give to various churches and ministries instead of doing both. How often do we pray for other believers and gospel defenders without responding to their need for financial support? How often do we write a check and then promptly forget to pray regularly for those to whom we give. Let us do both, as we are able, thereby showing our love for others and our wholesale reliance on the grace of God. View Resource

  • Loving One’s Self, Loving One’s Wife Devotional

    Ephesians 5:28–30

    Dr. John MacArthur writes, “A Christian husband is to care for his wife with the same devotion that he naturally manifests as he cares for himself (v. 29) — even more so, since his self-sacrificing love causes him to put her first” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,702; hereafter MA BC). Christian husbands should not even think about why their wives might hesitate to submit until they love their wives in this way. View Resource