Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. Romans 15:2.
The purpose of spiritual maturity
God never intended for the gathering of His people to be like a country club; He calls us to join an army that will bring the gospel into enemy territory. The church helps us to mature spiritually and trains us for service. But all this is accomplished for the purpose of going out into the world, not for becoming a self-contained sanctuary of Christian comfort.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 22, 2018.
Spiritual Awakening and Respite
The stubbornness of humanity’s sinful rebellion is such that without a sovereignly-bestowed spiritual awakening, all sinners refuse to acknowledge the depth of their spiritual poverty.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 11:28-30.
The Real Salt Life
A resentful spirit can grow into a terrible burden that isn’t healthy to carry through life. Forgiving characterizes who we are in Christ, and it’s truly in our best interest to pardon others, even when difficult. Jesus promised to make us free (John 8:36), so choose to be liberated from your hurt.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, November 20, 2021.
Let Faith Overcome Feelings
Emotions constantly fluctuate, but the facts about God never change. So instead of making decisions out of fear, let’s rely on what we know about the Lord. Unbelief often results in aimless wandering and decisions we come to regret. But when we courageously trust God and His Word, we will find fulfillment in His purpose.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 17, 2021.