Love

Alive Together with Christ


Salvation is for God’s glory by putting on display His boundless mercy and love for those who are spiritually dead because of their sinfulness. Far more than anything else, a spiritually dead person needs to be made alive by God. Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead. Not only is the believer dead to sin and alive to righteousness through Christ’s resurrection, but he also enjoys his Lord’s exaltation and shares in His preeminent glory.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 2:4-6.

Genuine faith


In James 2:15,16, James illustrates his point by comparing faith without works to words of compassion without acts of compassion. As James points out, for example, is if a brother or sister is without food and we wish them peace and to be filled, but don’t give them the things that are needed for the body. What does that well-wishing profit them?

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 2:15-16.

No greater love


It’s important for us to recognize that even the strongest bonds will prove insufficient unless we nurture a still greater one – the relationship we have with our Creator, who loves us beyond anything our mortal minds can grasp. (See Deuteronomy 7:9; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 John 4:16.) All of the people we share life with teach us something about God’s love, but they can never be an adequate substitute for Him and His perfect affection.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, September 11, 2022.

The end of emptiness


The Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:3-18) symbolizes millions throughout history who have tried their best to satisfy a yearning for love and completion. But the sense of emptiness cannot be permanently satisfied until a person comes to Christ. We were created to honor and glorify Him, and no other pursuit can bring a sense of long-term pleasure and purpose. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, you never have to feel empty again. His love surpasses all understanding.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, September 12, 2022.

The attitude of a saint


The Apostle Paul had a mindset that Christians are wise to emulate (1 Corinthians 11:1). It included: Humility. Pride can’t exist in the heart of a believer who truly grasps God’s mercy. A sense of obligation. Paul understood how far God’s grace had brought him. Likewise, each one of us have been forgiven much. An awareness of dependence. Paul desired more of Jesus and none of himself (Philippians 3:4-8). A spirit of absolute confidence. Even at the end of Paul’s life, he remained confident in the Lord and looked forward to his eternal reward (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Praise the Lord for all He has done, and let it motivate you to work for His kingdom. May the grace He showers on you never be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 26, 2022.

Overcoming worldly tribulations


Though Paul may have “despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8), he believed God would sustain him during difficult seasons. As Jesus taught, divine strength can overcome worldly tribulations (John 16:33). That isn’t to say believers can avoid all sorrow and pain, but we know the Lord will meet our needs in every heartache and trial (Philippians 4:19). Our faith grows stronger when we trust Him in times of affliction.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 27, 2022.

In gratitude we imitate Him


God is the ultimate giver, and in gratitude, we’re to imitate Him. Becoming a generous person begins with biblical thinking. Instead of focusing on how much we can keep, it’s better to think in terms of how much we can give away and share with others and the church. God has promised to supply our needs (Philippians 4:19) but often lavishes far more than the basics. And He delights to see His children joyfully sharing what He has given (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). As He provides us with material wealth and possessions, we become channels through whom He blesses others and carries out His work on earth.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 7 and 8, 2022.