• Peace with God Devotional

    Romans 5:1

    Perhaps the most important thing to understand about shalom is that it can never be lost. Jesus has not brokered a fragile cease-fire with God, such that full-scale conflagration can erupt at the slightest provocation. Instead, He has brought us a peace that can never be lost. If we are truly in Christ, we will never become His enemies again. Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary on Romans, “Christ is our peace, so for us there is no more war with God.” 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

  • Jesus Our Peace Devotional

    Ephesians 2:14

    God’s law defines what is pleasing to Him, so we must always seek to understand it and follow it in the power of the Spirit. Yet while the law tells us what is right and wrong and what we may and may not do, it must never be used as a means by which we shut ourselves off completely from the outside world. We may not, for example, consider any sinner so far gone that he may not hear the gospel just because he seems as lost as lost can be. 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

  • Paul’s Partners and Friends Devotional

    Colossians 4:10-11

    As much as it depends on us, we should always seek to be reconciled to those with whom we are at odds, especially if they are believers in Jesus. Of course, there will be some occasions when our offer of reconciliation will be rejected, but that does not mean we should not attempt it or do what we can to make amends if we are in the wrong. May we be models of reconciliation in the church and in the world. View Resource

  • Cosmic Reconciliation Devotional

    Colossians 1:19-20

    Perhaps an easier way to understand what the Bible says about cosmic reconciliation is to refer to it as cosmic restoration. Though our Lord’s work redeems His people from sin and death, His accomplishment was so great that no aspect of creation can go untouched by what happened on Calvary. At His return, what is now broken in nature will be fixed, the redeemed will be free of evil and pain, and we will have true dominion, all to God’s glory. View Resource

  • The Revelation Devotional

    Genesis 45

    We often long for things to be “just as they were before [fill in the blank] happened” in our relationships with other people. If we are the main offending party, however, we cannot realistically expect this to happen if our tendency is to sweep the offense under the rug without making an effort to make things right. At the same time, we cannot hold the sins of others against them if they show genuine repentance. View Resource

  • Reconciled Brothers Devotional

    Genesis 33:4–11

    Jesus said that all people would know His disciples by their love for one another (John 13:35). The most tangible expression of this love is our forgiveness of others. If pagans like Esau can forgive, our readiness to pardon others and be restored to fellowship should be all the more evident. Unfortunately, we Christians are often guilty of not forgiving other believers for even the most minor of offenses. Forgive today just as the Lord has forgiven you. View Resource

  • Fruits of Justification Devotional

    Romans 5:1–11

    Rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God is not just some inward attitude. It means that the community of the saints actively praises God in worship. Through the Spirit, the church stands on the sea of glass before God’s throne and praises Him. Consider Romans 5:1–2 as it relates to worship as you prepare to go to church this Lord’s Day. View Resource