The Pursuit of Christ’s Love (June 17)

The Pursuit of Christ’s Love (June 17)

What does it mean to pursue the love of Christ? More than our pursuing Him, it means allowing ourselves to be pursued by Him. It’s the choice to accept His benevolent will, ceasing to run away from the great love that He has desired to give us.

Letting Go of Our Liabilities (June 16)

Letting Go of Our Liabilities (June 16)

The God who calls us to repentance is calling us simply to let go of the “useless things” that have been holding us back. The things we’re asked to leave out of our lives are merely our liabilities, things that in the long run can only hurt us.

The Difficulty of Indecision (June 15)

The Difficulty of Indecision (June 15)

If we are to make any worthwhile progress, we must deal with our daily decisions straightforwardly. If they seem difficult this morning, they will be more so this afternoon — and by this evening, they may have become practically impossible.

Halfheartedness (June 14)

Halfheartedness (June 14)

When it comes to God, there is no safe territory between love and hatred. Halfheartedness is simply one form of hatred, and it is the most repulsive to God. For this reason, Jesus wishes to disturb us. “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

Fruit-Bearing Discipleship (June 13)

Fruit-Bearing Discipleship (June 13)

If we seek God truly, we will not wander aimlessly in the realm of spirituality but will pursue a path that goes toward the doing of definite good things. The discipleship He seeks is not merely one that we enjoy, but one that produces results.

The Gift of God (June 12)

The Gift of God (June 12)

Our hearts are moved by Jesus’ words: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23). This seems much too good to be true. Only God could make it true.

The Fountain of Life (June 11)

The Fountain of Life (June 11)

We’re invited to “take hold of the life that is truly life.” There is no good reason why our God can’t be the God whom David knew: “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Eternal Perfection (June 10)

Eternal Perfection (June 10)

God waits for us to confess our weakness and come home to Him. The story contained in the Scriptures is the story of how God made this homecoming possible. It is the story of an infinite God in whose perfection we may find our sustenance and support.

Strength (June 9)

Strength (June 9)

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). To be rightly related to God is to believe that He “has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Weakness (June 8)

Weakness (June 8)

We find ourselves frustrated, unable to find the complete fulfillment of our desires. Unaided by anything outside of time and space, we discover that despite short-term successes, the long-term verdict is that we’ve been “grasping for the wind.”

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