Oct 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

Oct 13, 2017

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Love

By |Oct 13, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Love|0 Comments

Love does not control, manipulate, extort, demand, threaten, seek to harm, retaliate, nor is it vengeful (1 Corinthians 13).  God is love, and to the degree we do any of these things, we are just that much unlike God.  Love is self-sacrificial, seeks the best interest of the loved, persuades, and welcomes sinners.  God is

Sep 30, 2017

Captives Of Love

By |Sep 30, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Freedom, Love, Obedience, Sin|0 Comments

When Paul said, “The love of Christ controls us,” he was using it in the sense of love being the driving force in His life.  The fact that “one died for all,” for love’s sake, is a life transforming worldview.  It changes how we see people.  It changes the way we treat everyone.  It changes

Sep 29, 2017

The Evil Of Controlling

By |Sep 29, 2017|Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Freedom, Love|0 Comments

The work of controllers is very un-God-like.  God gives us unconditional love.  God’s love is what gave us freedom in the first place.  This is freedom to disobey Him and go against His desires for us.  It is freedom to eat from the other tree.  It is freedom to go our own way and walk

Sep 27, 2017

Becoming Is Arriving

By |Sep 27, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holiness, Love, Sanctification|0 Comments

Our spiritual formation is never finished in the same way that our sanctification is an ongoing process.  Perfection in the Greek NT means “completion” or “fulfilling one’s intended purpose”.  Our purpose is to love God with our whole being, expressed by loving our neighbor as ourself.  We are ever in the process of loving more

Sep 23, 2017

My Garden of Decisions

By |Sep 23, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Life, Love, Mercy|2 Comments

I have growing in my life a garden of trees called decisions.  These trees were planted by the choices I have made.  I eat fruit daily from this garden.  Some trees bear fruit long after I think they should have stopped.  Some fruit is sweet and some of it is bitter.  There is no digging

Sep 19, 2017

You Did Not Deserve It

By |Sep 19, 2017|Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Grace, Love, Trials|0 Comments

We have seen many sad things happen in individual lives that they did not deserve.  The problem arises when we think we have no value because of what has come our way.  We can feel beat up and beat down by such an occurrence.  We are not worth-less because of what has happened to us. 

Sep 18, 2017

Christian Speech

By |Sep 18, 2017|Devotionals, Love, Patience, Spirit|0 Comments

You cannot effectively argue with what you don’t understand.  You can only make a case for or against something when you have taken the time and patience to hear and understand the position of another.  Until then we talk past each other, we yell, we call names, we pin loaded tags and repulsive titles on

Sep 15, 2017

Love’s Power

By |Sep 15, 2017|Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Love, Patience, Perseverance, Reconciliation, Sin|0 Comments

No power is stronger than the power of love.  Hate is no match.  Love even triumphed over those who tried to crucify it on a cross.  When truly experienced, love can melt a heart of stone, break down walls, cover sins, forgive enemies, and reconcile families.  It is the most powerful tool at a parent’s

Sep 12, 2017

Be An Under-Shepherd

By |Sep 12, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Love|0 Comments

Taking care of sheep can be a difficult and thankless job.  Sheep stray into danger, get sick, thirsty and hungry.  Sheep need a shepherd.  To care for them requires incarnational presence, careful attention and self-sacrificial involvement.  You don’t have to be paid to do it, but you do have to love sheep.  Not one person