April 2000 Previous Devotionals
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds...
And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you...
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
I can do everything through him [Christ] who gives me strength.
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; 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.
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality...
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.