John 15:12 Devotional Observations and Application:
Jesus is giving us a new command. It’s his specific command that we love one another. We shouldn’t just love one another with our strength, but we should love one another with the love Christ loves us with. This can feel intense, especially since that love was demonstrated on the cross.
We can love others how Jesus loves us by meeting practical needs. If someone is needy, tend to their needs. We can also do this by simply serving one another.
Thank you for your love. Help me to love others with the love you’ve given me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
The author of Romans, the Apostle Paul, is comparing what we’re going through now to what we’ll experience later. Though things may not be going great now, all that suffering will eventually lead to glory.
Romans 8:18 Devotional Applications:
What Paul is saying will take patience. You won’t experience the glory he’s writing about right away, but it will be revealed in you. Be encouraged knowing that what you’re going through now will lead to the glory of the Lord being revealed in you. Persevere. Don’t give up.
Thank you, Jesus, for the promise of future glory. I may not be experiencing that now, but I know that, in you, I will eventually experience it. Help me to persevere and be patient. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
This verse is clearly about generosity. Paul, the author, is using an agricultural metaphor that may not translate well to us anymore, but the principle remains. When you’re stingy, you get stinginess in return. When you’re generous, you receive generously. It’s a simple concept, but it can be difficult to do.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Devotional Applications:
In order to apply this verse, you need to be willing to do something that doesn’t make sense. Give more. You will receive when you’re generous. It’s counterintuitive, but it will happen. However, this is not a gospel of prosperity. I can’t say, “Give $100 and God will bless you with $1,000.” That’s probably not going to happen. But what God will do is soften your heart to receive the full life he has for you.
Father, thank you for your example when it comes to generosity. Help me to match your generosity. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Philippians 4:6 Devotional Observations and Applications:
This is one of my favorite verses of all time. The Apostle Paul is writing to a church he planted telling them to not worry. Anxiety has been around as long as people have had emotions. We may worry, but it’s in the giving away of that worry in prayer that God grants us peace.
This verse is all application. Pray instead of worrying. When anxiety comes, pray and thank God for everything he’s done in your life. Then present your worries and needs to God.
I thank you that you care so deeply about my fears, worries, and anxieties. Help me to always bring those things to you and ask for the things I need. Remind me to always be thankful as well. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Isaiah 40:31 Devotional Observations and Applications:
This is an Old Covenant promise that applies today. We will find strength and rest in the Lord who energizes us and sustains us as we do his work. It all starts with hope in the Lord.
Don’t put your hope in temporary things that drain you. Put your hope in God, who will give you boundless energy. This requires rest and prayer. Rest so your body can recover. Pray so your spirit can be refreshed.
Give me energy to do your works, Father. When I’m feeling weak or weary, help me to focus on you and rest. I want to receive the strength you’re promising here in this verse. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.