Love

God’s design

Also see Colossians 3:20. The child in the home is to be willingly under the authority of parents with obedient submission to them as the agents of the Lord placed over them, obeying parents as if obeying the Lord Himself. The reasoning here is simply that such is the way God has designed and required it (or, right).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 6:1.

All to the glory of God.


Paul gives 4 principles for Christian liberty in 1 Corinthians 10:23-33: 1) edification over gratification (v. 23); 2) others over self (v. 24); 3) liberty over legalism (vv. 25-27); and 4) condescension over condemnation (vv. 28-30).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 10:23-30.

Recording our spiritual journey


When trouble strikes we sometimes forget what we know to be true about the Lord. We struggle to recall past answers to prayer, God’s faithfulness in earlier situations, and lessons learned in previous crises. Only the present seems real as our minds struggle with fears about the future and our troubled emotions prevent us from thinking clearly. Reading Scripture is the best way to remember biblical truths, but another helpful tool is a spiritual journal. It’s a place for you to document your pilgrimage with the Lord and specific details of how He’s worked in your personal life. This kind of written record can serve as a map to trace where you’ve been and how God has helped you along the way.

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

Where is your focus?



In Ecclesiastes chapter 1, we read about a disheartened Solomon bemoaning how meaningless his existence had become. What Solomon didn’t realize is that our focus determines our level of satisfaction. Those who stay young in spirit continually look for evidence of the Almighty – ways that He’s working, providing, loving, and guiding. Without this perspective, the pain and problems of life take center stage, which can then lead to discouragement and grumbling. These are burdens that believers are not meant to bear.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 7, 2022.

What was Jesus thinking?


What if you saw that an accident was about to happen that would involve you and the one person you care most about in this world and that it would result in the loss of life, but you see a way that you could save your loved one, however, it would mean the loss of your life. An act of sacrifice would mean that your loved one could go on living. That is what Jesus was thinking about when He went to the cross to give up His life (Luke 23:26-49). His sacrificial act was carried out on your behalf.

To be or not to be ashamed


Don’t let the world’s perspective that your faith needs to be private cause you to keep quiet about Jesus. Yes, a relationship with Jesus is special and between the individual and Jesus-which is the nature of relationship. However, the Christian faith is meant to be shared, which Jesus explains clearly in His Word (Matthew 28:19-20).

Joy and Healing


Now and again we’re all bound to feel hurt by others. However, God doesn’t want us to be trapped by the hurts we’ve suffered. Nor does He want us to be so crushed by our experiences that we feel worthless. Those who know the Savior will find comfort, healing, and trust in the Father’s love. Then, painful experiences can make us more like Jesus so we can glorify Him with our responses.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 18, 2022.