• Unequal Weights and False Scales Devotional

    Proverbs 20:23

    As the God who is truth Himself, it should be no surprise that one of God’s utmost concerns is with the truthfulness of all of our interactions with others. Christians are to be people who are scrupulously concerned with the truth to the point that they are fair and just even in the smallest economic matters, such as not accepting more change from the cashier than is actually owed. We are to use honest measures and treat others as we would want to be treated. View Resource

  • Money and Satisfaction Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 5:10–12

    Money cannot finally satisfy those who love it because it represents that which is created, and that which is created cannot fully satisfy human beings, for we have been created to enjoy the infinite God. Nevertheless, money plays an important role in God’s providence. Through the financial sacrifice of His people, the Lord funds the work of His church in making disciples of all nations. Are you contributing to the church’s ministry? View Resource

  • The Razor’s Edge Devotional

    Romans 12:2

    John Murray, a great Reformed ethicist and theologian (d. 1975), said that the difference between right and wrong can sometimes be a razor’s edge. Since this distinction can be so fine, it is very important that we study Scripture in concert with other Christians, for the collective wisdom of the church takes priority over individual opinions. That way, those areas that seem to be the most gray can become clearer to us. View Resource

  • Principle or Custom? Devotional

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    When we and most of our tradition has been uncertain about whether a particular command is a principle or custom, then it is wise for us as individuals to treat it as a principle. We should not, however, bind the consciences of others who think the same command is only a custom when there has been much dispute over it. May we be faithful and honest to our own consciences but not look down on others who may honestly disagree. View Resource

  • Natural Law Devotional

    Romans 2:12–16

    There are no consistent moral relativists. Since moral relativists say there is no universal right and wrong, they invalidate their beliefs when they complain about being treated unfairly. The fact that no one is a moral relativist guarantees that we can find some common ground with unbelievers when we share the gospel. Appealing to the unbeliever’s innate sense of right and wrong is a powerful tool to demonstrate God’s existence. View Resource

  • The Basis of Ethics Devotional

    Judges 2:11

    The way in which the Mosaic law applies to believers today is a contentious matter, and there are many different opinions on the subject even within the Reformed tradition. All agree, however, that the coming of Christ did not suddenly make the Ten Commandments and the other ethical portions of the law of Moses invalid. Let us endeavor to know the moral law, that we might live in a way pleasing to our God. View Resource

  • Moral Relativism Devotional

    John 18:38a

    Being Christians in the world, we face the challenge of having our ethics shaped by the culture around us. That is why we must be careful to discern the messages we are being sent and evaluate them by the standards of God’s Word. Our media-driven age makes this even more difficult. May we strive not to embrace what the voices around us are telling us is good but call good only that which our Lord approves. View Resource

  • Christian Slaves and Masters Devotional

    1 Timothy 6:1-2a

    Dr. John MacArthur writes, “Displaying a proper attitude of submission and respect, and performing quality work, help make the gospel believable” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,797). Those who profess Christ and yet are insubordinate to their employers or lazy are a poor witness to the unbelieving world. Jesus demands His people to aim for the highest standards, and so believers should be the most diligent and thoughtful workers of all. View Resource

  • Homosexuality Devotional

    Romans 1:18–32

    Many people say we only love those who practice homosexuality if we approve of their lifestyle. Yet, true love delights in the truth (1 Cor. 13:6); thus, Christians cannot approve of homosexual acts. We are also not to think Jesus cannot transform the hearts of friends and family who are involved in homosexuality. Pray today for the salvation of those in bondage and for the integrity and success of those who have special ministries for those engaged in sexual sin. View Resource

  • The Sanctity of Marriage Devotional

    Matthew 19:3–9

    The church must protect the offended party in a divorce. When marriage laws are wisely applied, biblical divorces enable the innocent party to remarry with a clean conscience. Disciplining the offender will also help God’s people better reflect the divine intent for marriage. If you are an elder, do not be afraid to exercise discipline in this area. If you are married, seek to strengthen your marriage by reading a book on the topic or attending a couples retreat. View Resource

  • The Sanctity of Truth Devotional

    Deuteronomy 5:20

    The times when a lie will be an instrument of righteousness will obviously not be common, and thus this principle cannot be invoked under any ordinary circumstance. The Lord requires us to tell the truth in our relationships. Think about a contract you may have broken, or a promise to a friend, child, or spouse you have not kept. Go today and make amends by keeping your righteous obligation, no matter what it is. View Resource

  • The Sanctity of Labor Devotional

    Ephesians 6:5–9

    How do you feel about your line of work? Are you counting the days till retirement? Do you hate getting up every morning and doing the same task you did the day before? Do you look forward to serving your boss and accomplishing your work quickly and efficiently? If you do not enjoy your job, consider whether you have found your life’s calling. But whether or not you enjoy your work, strive to be as industrious as possible for God’s glory. View Resource

  • The Sanctity of Life Devotional

    Psalm 139:13–14

    Some of the women reading this study today may have had an abortion. If so, know that you have been forgiven if you have repented and trusted in Christ alone. As Christians, we are called to uphold the duty to nurture the unborn. We can do this by lobbying our politicians for laws that protect the unborn and by providing for those who think abortion is their only option. Consider giving to a local crisis pregnancy center seeking to prevent abortions. View Resource

  • When to War? Devotional

    Romans 13:1–7

    Just War theory tells us the government is not supreme. We cannot defend our participation in an unjust war simply by saying, “I was only doing my duty to the government.” We are never allowed to say, “My country, right or wrong, my country.” Yet when the cause is just, we must obey our authorities. Consider who has more authority in your life, God or the state. Ask the Lord to help you discern how to obey Scripture in the matter of armed conflicts. View Resource

  • The Ethics of Jesus Devotional

    Matthew 5:21–26

    While Jesus reveals the thoroughness that is required for true obedience to God’s law, He does not say anger and homicide are equally deserving of capital punishment. While both can cut us off from God, murder carries with it more severe consequences both in this world and in the next. Consider today how you live according to God’s holy standard. Do you obey Him freely in the Spirit? Speak well of another person and thus fulfill the lesson of today’s passage. View Resource