The Greatest Commandment of All

The Greatest Commandment of All

You’ll never be able to have peace with difficult people until you’ve chosen to love them. Love is absolutely the foundation for peace with people. The Old Testament contained a LOT of commandments, but one glaring omission is the command to love people....
This Is How We Know What Love Is

This Is How We Know What Love Is

Remember the song by Foreigner, I Want to Know What Love Is? If you grew up in the 80’s, or just have an appreciation for timeless classics, the chorus just started in your head and you know the next line… and I want you to show me! I think perhaps the...
What’s Holding You Back? Unfounded Fear

What’s Holding You Back? Unfounded Fear

As I asked a circle of friends and co-workers, what’s the thing that holds you back from doing hard things?, the overwhelmingly most common response was: fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of getting hurt. Fear of judgment from others. Fear of...
Why Love Matters More Than Anything Else

Why Love Matters More Than Anything Else

Which, of all the commandments in the Bible, is the most important? Both Jesus and Paul argue that it is love – love for God and love for neighbors. Paul explains why that’s true, but it’s hard for some of us to embrace his reasoning: Love makes it...
Rest Assured, God’s Love Will Never, Ever Run Out

Rest Assured, God’s Love Will Never, Ever Run Out

It’s possible for us, as humans, to cultivate attitudes of love toward other people. We do that in marriage. We do that in parenting. And we do that with friends and neighbors. The problem is, our love always has limits. While we certainly hope for better,...
One New Commandment to Rule Them All

One New Commandment to Rule Them All

The Jewish people had lots of commandments in their scriptures. There were the “big ten,” but hundreds of others as well, plus all the extra, outside-the-scriptures commandments that helped them keep the in-the-scriptures commandments. Imagine the sense of...
God Loves You with a Love-in-Action

God Loves You with a Love-in-Action

In yesterday’s devotional, I mentioned that God loves you with his emotions. If you’ve not related to God as a God with emotions, that may be a struggle to embrace, partly because we assume emotional means shallow. But here’s the truth: God loves you...
God Loves You with His Emotions

God Loves You with His Emotions

Does God feel as we feel? Of course! While his emotions are not fickle like ours, he created us in his image and expresses himself as having feelings and emotions. Is God’s love for you merely a feeling? Of course not. It’s far more than that, as...
Before You Were Born, You Were Loved

Before You Were Born, You Were Loved

My long distance pastor, Rick Warren, said something that changed my whole perspective of life once… Most people think we sin because we don’t love God enough. But I believe we sin because we don’t realize just how much God loves us. I believe...
3 Reasons You Still Don't 'Get' this Grace Thing

3 Reasons You Still Don't 'Get' this Grace Thing

Grace seems easy. It’s grace, after all, right? But in reality, grace is really hard. What I mean is… We have a hard time receiving grace because we either feel that we’re too undeserving to have the undeserved favor of God, or that we’re okay...

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