Is it Really Love?

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10) Love is a word our culture loves to throw around without definition. We use it in a way that seems to say the essence of love is “always be nice to me and never tell me anything that […]

Fear of Man

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Fear of man is a snare.  (Proverbs 29:25) The Gospel frees us from the insecurity of needing other people’s opinions to validate our worth.  It frees us, therefore, from needing to manipulate the perceptions and impressions of everyone around us. This means that when we receive the truth of the Gospel and embrace who God says we […]

You are the beloved of God

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for [and by] Jesus Christ; may mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.  (Jude 1:1b-2) Are you in Christ?  Then God wants multiply His peace in your heart and His mercy in your life. Are you in Christ?  Then He is keeping you […]

Jesus loved you with His life

By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  (1 John 3:16) Love is not just a feeling, it is a choice to act.  It is a demonstrated desire to put someone else’s needs above your own.  Love is an […]

God gives you discipline to bring you peace

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, […]

The Father’s Delight (Luke 3:22b)

You are my beloved Son.  I take delight in you.  (Luke 3:22b) The steadfast, unchanging posture of God the Father toward God the Son is not dutiful acceptance, but glorious delight. The scandalous, unbelievable truth of the Gospel is that for those who are united with Jesus by grace through faith, the position He has […]

God’s heart is for the helpless

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 82 GOD’S HEART IS FOR THE HELPLESS How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:2-3) All throughout Scripture, God has harsh words and strong judgments for […]

Your father wants you to come home

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 78 YOUR FATHER WANTS YOU TO COME HOME Their heart was not steadfast toward Him; they were not faithful to His covenant. Yet He, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; He restrained His anger often and did not stir up all His wrath. He […]

God’s love is the source of your holiness

God’s Hope For Your Heart from 1 Thessalonians 3 GOD’S LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR HOLINESS And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the […]

Jesus chose you anyway

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Philippians 3 JESUS CHOSE YOU ANYWAY Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  (Philippians 3:12) You’re not always an all-star Christian, are you?  You sometimes stumble and fall short of […]