Romans

Developing Godly thinking pt. 1


It’s a good idea to periodically evaluate whether our thinking, attitudes, and behavior are in line with God’s character and the truths of Scripture. Also, we should take note of what absorbs our attention. It’s not healthy to overload our mind with media reports or entertainment that doesn’t reflect God’s values. Regular exposure to such material can easily produce anxiety, discontent, and ingratitude.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 10, 2022.

Lifting and Carrying



Every week churches are filled with people experiencing a wide range of problems, and as believers, we’re to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). This isn’t just the job of the pastor-he can’t possibly know about every need in the congregation. That’s why we’re all called to help each other practically and spiritually. But doing this may require some changes on our part. For example, awareness is necessary. If we’re not sensitive to what people are facing, how can we pray for them or offer some kind of support? Ask the Spirit to help you tune in to the struggles of others. Also, acceptance is needed. We’re to accept fellow believers as Christ has accepted us. That means being willing to share the burdens of others, no matter who they are. Do you limit your support to family and friends, or do you show love to all your neighbors? We also need to make ourselves available. Helping people may not be convenient, but a faith community thrives when we make time to be there for those around us. The Lord is ultimately the one who comforts the hurting and helps the weak, but He often does this through His people.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 2, 2022.

Meditate on Troubles


Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote, “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” It’s a simple but wise saying that reminds us about the importance of hardships in our life. Without challenges, we never learn new skills or gain the spiritual strength needed in order to endure. This is why the apostle Paul teaches us to “celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4). Everyone faces difficulties. For some, it might involve financial challenges or the loss of good health. Others might know the pain that comes with the breakup of a family or the death of a long-held dream. The question is not if one of these things will happen to us but when. Rather than spend time worrying, we put our faith in God.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 10, 2022.

Unchanging Love


God is love. He is both everlasting and unchanging. His unconditional commitment to us comes from who He is; it has nothing to do with who we are or what we’ve done. No matter how many mistakes or good deeds we’ve tallied, they could never influence Him to change His mind about us. Our heavenly Father loves us just as we are, even before we receive His gift of eternal life (Romans 5:8-10).

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

Adopted into His family.


Believers are not led through subjective, mental impressions or promptings to provide direction in making life’s decisions – something Scripture nowhere teaches. Instead, God’s Spirit objectively leads His children sometimes through the orchestration of circumstances (Acts 16:7) but primarily through: 1) illumination, divinely clarifying Scripture to make it understandable to our sinful, finite minds (Luke 24:44,45; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; Ephesians 1:17-19); and 2) sanctification, divinely enabling us to obey Scripture (Galatians 5:16,17; 5:25). When a person experiences the Spirit’s leading in those ways, he gains assurance that God has adopted him into His family.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 8:14.

Jesus = Freedom


Many people, even in the church, suffer from self-rejection. This type of thought pattern can persist for years, sabotaging the truth about who we are in Christ and how valuable we are to our heavenly Father. When such a lie reigns in our mind, feelings of worthlessness follow. If you’ve received Jesus Christ as your Savior, you’re accepted by God – not based on your performance but on Christ’s substitutionary atoning death on your behalf. This is the truth that should govern your self-perception. But eliminating wrong patterns of thought and behavior takes more than simply knowing why you’re accepted. To develop a healthier outlook, you must saturate yourself with God’s Word so the Holy Spirit can renew your mind with truth and reveal any unbiblical thinking.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 19, 2022.