Love is important to God—and to his people

The past several devotionals have been about hearing (or discerning) God’s voice in our lives.  We’ve talked about the importance of the Bible, prayer, seeking the counsel of other godly people, and being humble. Here’s something else to consider: love. If you think you’re receiving some sort of message for God, and it does not … Continue reading Love is important to God—and to his people

Love one another: The meaning of Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin translation of Jesus’ words in John 13:34. “Mandatum novum” means “new commandment.” This new commandment is to “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” We could spend a lifetime pondering and applying those words. And we do. … Continue reading Love one another: The meaning of Maundy Thursday

Jesus: the choir director who reshapes our moral tune

I’ve been highlighting John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” A much-neglected aspect of this verse is how it compels loving transformation in our lives. Bible scholar N.T. Wright explains: “God’s love comes to … Continue reading Jesus: the choir director who reshapes our moral tune