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Express Love Now

The outstanding Christian author, John Powell, related this account of his father’s death. He was weeping in the hospital and one of the nurses tried to console him. He explained to her, “I’m not weeping because my father died (the man was in great pain and death was a release). I cry because he never told me he loved me.”

It’s too late for John Powell and his father, but it may not be...

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True Wealth

Material things can blind us to the true values in life. In the Franklin County Courthouse in Virginia is preserved the will of the man who owned Booker T. Washington as a slave. Since most of his property was in slaves, the owner had listed them by name with his property and set down a price by each one of them. Opposite the name of Booker T. Washington was marked $200.

Was this the fa...

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Where the Money Is

Willy Sutton was a noted bank robber and escape artist. He was a tough Irish kid born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1902. He began his life of crime pilfering small things and then moved to breaking and entering and eventually to robbing banks. In his lifetime he robbed more than 100 banks and served several prison sentences, including a stint in Sing-Sing. He also managed to escape from three of t...

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Check Your Foundation

William Wilberforce, the British statesman and reformer, at the end of his life confessed to his son Henry, “I’m in a very distressed state.”  

“Yes,” Henry replied, “but you have your feet on the Rock.”

When times of distress and trouble come, and they come to all of us, it’s time to check your foundation. What are you standing on today?  

The only adequate foundation f...

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Bitterness in Marriage

There is nothing more common nor more detrimental to marriage than an irritable, quarrelsome, critical spirit. It is so ordinary because it takes no brains, no talent, and no self-denial. It is so detrimental because it makes life miserable for everyone. The Bible warns us against this when it says, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter [irritable, quarrelsome, critical] against them” (...

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Free Thinkers

While visiting Hong Kong years ago I asked our guide about his religious faith. He replied, “I’m a free thinker.” I asked a missionary friend what that meant. She said, “He has rejected the gods of his ancestors and now wants to be the god of his own life.”

We have become a nation of free thinkers in America. We’ve elbowed God out of the center of our lives and taken over ourselves.  As...

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Mankind is Your Business

In his book, Trial by Ordeal, Craig Parshall tells of a conversation between Tess and Kevin. A homeless man has died and Kevin felt no responsibility for him. Then Tess reminds him of A Christmas Carol by Dickens where a ghost comes to Scrooge’s door and tells him, “Mankind is your business.”

Then she tells Kevin, “This man is a part of your responsibility. It’s a part...

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The Old Time Religion

At the close of his early Los Angeles crusade a fellow minister said of Billy Graham, “I believe he has set the church back 50 years.”  Graham who never answered his critics replied in jest, “I supposed I have failed.  I intended to set the church back 2,000 years.”

Believing the simple Christian faith is an offense to some.  They say, “To hold on to the old-time religion in our modern...

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Beware of Debt

In a day of easy credit, we must beware of too much debt.  A man and his wife went to a financial advisor for help with their finances.  The man told a friend, “The advisor recommended plastic surgery – that we cut up our credit cards.”  That would solve a lot of financial problems.  By the way, a man told me that his wife’s credit cards were stolen, by a thief.  I asked if he had reported it. ...

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Today's Devotional

Attitudes in Marriage

The solution to most of the marital discord in today’s home is found in one line from the Bible. It is, “Take heed to your spirit” (Malachi 2:15). If our attitudes and dispositions are right, then we can live in love and peace in any relationship, including marriage.

What kind of spirit do we need to develop and maintain a good marriage?

1. A trusting spirit. A good marriage is built on faith and trust. Therefore beware of jealousy. We are empowered with certain protective emotions. Fear is one—it makes you careful as you cross the street. Anxiety is another—it makes you prepare carefully that speech you have to make. Jealousy is a third—it makes you watchful over the relationship upon which your security and happiness depend. These are all perfectly good and natural when kept within limits. But when jealousy becomes too strong, it can make life miserable for all concerned. Behind irrational jealousy there is always insecurity. If jealousy is your problem, seek help. Don’t let it ruin your marriage.

2. A sacrificial spirit. The Bible urges that we live “in honor preferring one another” (Romans 12:10). We are to love one another as Jesus loved us. Sacrifice is at the heart of such love. Avoid a selfish spirit. It is marriage enemy number one. Instead of being selfish, seek to please one another.

3. A reasonable spirit. Don’t expect too much of one another. Allow for some mistakes and failures by your partner. Avoid a critical and nagging spirit. When polls are taken to discover what unhappily married men and women object to in each other, nagging on the spouse’s part almost always heads the list. No one can continue to feel affection toward a spouse who nags them. It only produces coldness and hardness.

4. A forgiving spirit. It is not possible to avoid disagreements in marriage, but they need not canker into resentment. Avoid a grudging spirit. “Let not the sun go down on your wrath,” says the Bible (Ephesians 4:26). Learn to say “I’m sorry” and “You are forgiven.”

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