• Test the Spirits Devotional

    1 John 4:1

    In 2 Corinthians 11:14, the apostle Paul warns us that Satan often masquerades as an angel of light. Our enemy is a deceiver and will sometimes hide in the church, influencing teachers subtly or overtly to deny the Word of God. It is therefore incumbent upon us to know theology and study the Scriptures so that we might be able to test the spirits. Spend time today reviewing an essential doctrine of the faith, such as the Trinity, the person of Christ, or justification by faith alone. View Resource

  • In the Flesh Devotional

    1 John 4:2–3

    In our day there are many who deny the incarnation because of their anti-supernaturalistic biases. Perhaps due to the rising interest in the supernatural, many affirm the incarnation but deny that it had any implications for the exclusivity of Jesus and the Christian faith. If Jesus is in fact the incarnate Son of God, however, He must likewise be the only way to salvation. As you share your faith, do not forget what the incarnation means for Jesus’ exclusivity. View Resource

  • Greater is He Devotional

    1 John 4:4

    Many of the greatest Reformed theologians in history, including John Calvin and John Owen, are well-known for their understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the Spirit today is sometimes called the forgotten person of the Trinity. Do you treasure the work of the Spirit in your life? Do you ask Him to guide your study of Scripture and inflame you with passion for God and His people? Ask Him to do these things today. View Resource

  • Whoever Knows God Devotional

    1 John 4:5–6

    Are you from the world or are you from God? Do you heed the voice of Jesus that speaks through His apostles in the New Testament writings or do you listen to the voice of the world that speaks through our sinful inclinations? Ask the Lord to search your heart to find where you have been listening to the world. Find at least one other person in whom you can confide and who will help you hear the voice of God through biblical admonition, rebuke, and exhortation. View Resource

  • God is Love Devotional

    1 John 4:7–8

    When we say “God is love” we must never think His love is more important than His other attributes. The doctrine of God’s simplicity tells us God’s love never operates apart from His holiness, mercy, justice, omnipotence, omniscience, or any other attribute. This tells us it is loving to seek justice and demand holiness, though we never do so at the expense of mercy. Ask the Lord to help you learn how to apply His love to every situation you face. View Resource

  • In This Is Love Devotional

    1 John 4:9–10

    The presence of sin means it will be difficult at times to give of ourselves, even to those we think deserve our love. This biblical teaching is indeed radical. We must love even the unlovely and do so even if it means denying ourselves. Look at the relationships in your life and consider what you must deny yourself in order to love an unlovely person. Then begin to take steps to love that person and find a friend to hold you accountable for doing so. View Resource

  • The True Love of God Devotional

    1 John 4:10–12

    Dr. Joel Beeke writes in his Epistles of John that “the great motivation for practical, Christlike living is the doctrine of the cross; hence, every failure to love can be traced back to a failure to understand the cross. When the cross of Christ grips us, everything in our world changes” (p. 161). True love is costly and does good to others even when there is a risk of being hurt. Where can you sacrifice in order to show real love today? View Resource

  • We Ought To Love Devotional

    1 John 4:11–12

    That we can help make God’s love reach its full effect by endeavoring to love one another is just another way the New Testament stresses our role in sanctification. Though we do not play a role in our regeneration, we are called to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in our sanctification. Are you doing what you can to love others or do you ignore this command? Work at perfecting God’s love in your life today by doing a favor for another Christian. View Resource

  • Confession and the Spirit Devotional

    1 John 4:13–15

    Are you abiding in Christ? Do you maintain a strong confession of the biblical Jesus and so receive confirmation by the Spirit that you dwell in God and God dwells in you? Or do you hesitate to take a stand for Jesus when it is necessary to do so? Think of family, friends, or co-workers and then ask yourself if it is evident to them that your life and words belong to Jesus. Endeavor to confess Him truly before all of the people in your life. View Resource

  • We Have Come to Know Devotional

    1 John 4:16

    We can abide in the love God has for us by using our consciousness of this love to motivate us to avoid temptations to sin. We can abide in the love we have for God by praying at all times and praising His name throughout the day. We can abide in love for others by seeking to extend ourselves for the sake of another. Go before the Lord today and tell Him how much you love Him. Then go and show this love by loving others. View Resource

  • Perfect Love Devotional

    1 John 4:17–18

    In commenting on this verse, John Calvin writes, “though fear is not wholly shaken off, yet when we flee to God as to a quiet harbor, safe and free from all danger of shipwreck and of tempests, fear is really expelled for it gives way to faith.” If you are a believer yet fear punishment, you must not flee from the Lord but run to Him in repentance. Endeavor to perfect your love by turning from sin and turning toward Him so that you might be cleansed. View Resource

  • Is Grace Resistible? Devotional

    1 John 4:19

    Augustinianism and semi-Pelagianism ultimately disagree regarding the power of God’s love and beauty. Is God’s love so effectual and is He so lovely that those to whom He reveals His salvation cannot finally reject Him, or are His love and beauty of a lesser character that cannot convince everyone whom He wants to save? By upholding Augustinian thought, we are powerfully declaring the glorious love and beauty of our Creator. View Resource

  • He First Loved Us Devotional

    1 John 4:19–21

    How do people know you love God? Is it because you are always proclaiming your passion for Him? Or do people know you love God by the deeds you do for the other Christians you know? Do you harbor secret hatred for other believers while singing praises to the King? If your love for God is not expressing itself tangibly in deeds of love for others, ask Him to change your heart and seek to meet a need of someone in your church today. View Resource