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  • The Sadducees Ask About Marriage Devotional

    Mark 12:18–24

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Since God makes known His will clearly in the Scriptures, the want of acquaintance with them is the source and cause of all errors.” If we are going to know the truth, we must know the Bible. Let us take the time to study it personally and to hear it preached and taught accurately so that we may not err as the Sadducees did. View Resource

  • The Only Love That Can Fully Satisfy Devotional

    Song of Solomon 8:13–14

    The marriage relationship and sexual intimacy are wonderful blessings from our God. However, they are not everything. As human beings made in the Lord’s image and for His glory, we will find no lasting satisfaction apart from knowing the love of our Creator. Only in receiving this love and trusting in Christ alone will our deepest needs be met. We dare not make idols out of marriage and sex, for only the Lord can fully satisfy us. View Resource

  • A Seal on the Heart and Arm Devotional

    Song of Solomon 8:6–7

    Today’s passage also describes love between husband and wife as the “flame of the Lord.” The covenant name Yahweh does not actually appear in the Hebrew; it is inferred from the -yah ending on the Hebrew word for flame. It is perhaps better translated as this love being a “Godlike flame.” The image conveys intensity, strength, and durability. God’s love for us is deep and enduring. So must our love be for our spouses. View Resource

  • The Right Time for Love Devotional

    Song of Solomon 3:5

    The potential for love and sex to steal, kill, and destroy is seen in the diseases, broken families, and shattered hearts that follow in the wake of adultery, abuse, and sexual intimacy outside of marriage. Thanks be to God, He can bring healing through the gospel even where such destruction has occurred, but we will escape much hurt and pain if we avoid this destruction in the first place. Following the Lord’s design for love and sex will spare us much anguish. View Resource

  • Marriage, Love, and Sex Devotional

    Song of Solomon 2:8–17

    As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:1–5, the husband does not have authority over his body, but his wife does. Similarly, the wife does not have authority over her body, but her husband does. This authority is to be exercised in a loving way, just as Christ exercises loving authority over His bride, the church (Eph. 5:25). The marriage bed must not be a place of abuse or demands; rather, it is a place for intimacy that reflects self-giving love (Heb. 13:4). View Resource

  • The Wife Who Is to Be Praised Devotional

    Proverbs 31:28–31

    There are many fine qualities that we should seek in a spouse, but above all we should look for the fear of the Lord. When a husband and a wife both fear God, Christ is the center of their relationship and their marriage takes on a greater purpose—the glory of God. If you are seeking to be married, pray that the Lord would bring you a spouse who fears Him. If you are married, pray that your spouse would grow in the fear of the Lord. View Resource

  • The Excellent Wife Devotional

    Proverbs 31:10–12

    The wisdom of Proverbs is not meant to remain “out there” in theory but is to take root in the everyday lives of God’s people. The excellent wife embodies the Lord’s wisdom in fulfilling her divinely appointed role and in bringing great blessing to her family and community. By God’s grace, the women among us should strive to become Proverbs 31 women, and the men among us should do what is in their power to assist the women they know to become this embodiment of wisdom. View Resource

  • Foolish Sons and Prudent Wives Devotional

    Proverbs 19:13-14

    If you are a married man, thank the Lord for the wisdom that your wife provides in the affairs of your home. If you are a married woman, pray that God would cause you to grow in wisdom so that your husband will find it easy to thank the Lord for you. If you are single man and looking for a spouse, ask the Father to bring you a prudent wife. If you are a single woman who wants to be married, pray that God would prepare you now to be a wife who is known for her wisdom. View Resource

  • The Mirror of Marriage Devotional

    Ephesians 5:33

    Dr. R.C. Sproul offers some fitting comments to conclude our look at Paul’s teaching on the roles of husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:22–33: “If I exercise my headship over my wife in a tyrannical way, I am not respecting my wife. If my wife gives slavish obedience to me without any love, she is not respecting me. The whole basis of the relationship is built upon love, cherishing and respecting one another” (POGE , p. 139). View Resource

  • Christ, the Husband of His Church Devotional

    Ephesians 5:31–32

    Husbands, your calling is to pursue your wives in love to the ends of the earth. Single men, your calling is to become the kind of men who, should you get married one day, will love your wives in a way that serves their needs. Wives, your calling is to pray for your husbands, that they might love you in this manner, and to do all you can to make it easy for them to love you. Single women, your calling is to become godly women whom godly men yearn to love. 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

  • The Model of Christ’s Love Devotional

    Ephesians 5:26–27

    The husband is called to be the spiritual leader of his home, which requires that he take the initiative in family worship, helping his wife and children learn the things of God, and much more. This should be the primary focus of his leadership — doing whatever he can to further the sanctification of his wife and children. Husbands, are you taking the lead in spiritual matters and directing your families to glorify God? View Resource

  • 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

  • Serving One Another in Marriage Devotional

    Ephesians 5:22–24

    Within the family structure, husbands are accountable to the Lord for the manner in which they lead their homes, and wives are accountable to God for submitting to their husbands’ authority. Husbands should not be concerned primarily with the duties of their wives, and wives should not be attentive chiefly to the demands the Lord gives to their husbands. They should rather focus on their own responsibilities and seek to be faithful in them. View Resource

  • Our True Master Devotional

    Colossians 3:22-24

    Although there are significant differences between first-century slave-master relationships and modern employer-employee relationships, it is certainly true that the principles Paul lays out in today’s passage are applicable to employees and the way they do their work. Christians should make the best employees, and they should embody efficiency, loyalty, hard work, and every other trait that good employers prize. View Resource