How You Hear

One’s response to the light in this life is crucial, because at the throne of judgement there will be no opportunity to embrace the truth that was formerly spurned (Revelation 20:11-15). Those who scorn the light of the gospel now will have all light removed from them in eternity.

Notes from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 8:18.

Not Acting Out of Love

Acting out of love eliminates the inclination to judge those around us – or in Paul’s words, “bite and devour one another” (Galatians 5:15). A harsh, critical attitude doesn’t represent our freedom well. There’s nothing compelling about us if we act just like people who have never experienced the all-surpassing love of Christ.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 4, 2023.

Led by the Spirit

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. 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.