May 1998 Previous Devotionals
The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children — with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Oh, the depth and riches of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out.
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set me free from the law of sin and death.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies... She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
Make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.