If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
That sounds like a stretch, right? Of course there are people in our lives who make it easy to live at peace. But then there are those other people—the ones who make getting along and living at peace feel nearly impossible. Yet still, the Bible urges us to try to live at peace not just with some of the people in our lives but all of the people in our lives. How do we do it? We can focus on what depends on us. We can’t control the behavior of others, but we can choose to do the right thing—the peaceful thing— ourselves.
Did you know that there’s a calling on your life? A specific you-shaped purpose designed before the beginning of time? It’s true. That might feel like a lot of pressure, but it’s not something you have to figure out on your own; we can rely on God’s help to discover our purpose. What comes naturally to you that not everyone is good at? Start there and ask God to show you how to use your skills and abilities to find your calling and serve others.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. 2 Timothy 1:9a
We all want to do great things with our lives, but so often we hold back simply because we’re afraid we don’t have what it takes. Well, God says that we do! In fact, He says He’ll give us exactly what we need to do all the great things (and more!) that He’s called us to do. Is there an area of your life where you feel this struggle? Ask God to show you all the things He’s given to you that make you more than equipped to do the great works He has for your life.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, “Sin separates.” It’s a churchy phrase for sure, but it’s true. Sin separates us from God, and it can separate us from our friends and family, too. Thankfully, God offers us freedom from sin. That doesn’t mean we’ll never sin and it doesn’t mean we have to be perfect. But when we sin, we can lean into God’s grace and forgiveness—that’s where our freedom comes from. Is there anything in your life that is separating you from God?
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law instead you live under the freedom of grace. Romans 6:14
A fresh start is always nice. A new school year, a new neighborhood, or new friends can give you a chance to do things differently than you have before. God tells us that when we accept Jesus as our Savior, He doesn’t just forgive us, He makes us new. Have you asked God for your new start? If you never have, maybe today is the day that you ask Him.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Whether someone asks you to sit next to them in the lunchroom, or someone asks you out on a date, being chosen feels really good. Did you know that you’ve already been chosen to be a part of God’s family? In fact, God calls us His sons and daughters. The next time you’re facing rejection— at school, at home, or on your sports team—remember that you always have a place with Him.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12
We all should have some kind of goals we have set in our life. Sometimes our goals take all of our energy and we lose focus on what should be our main goal. Our main goal in life should be to know Christ and to be like Christ. We should always stay focused on that goal. Like an athlete in training we should put everything aside that can be harmful for us to achieve our goal. There are many things that will distract us during this time but if we can put blinders on to avoid the things of the world we will stay focused on our main goal which is to know and be like Christ.
How will you achieve your GOALS?
Love the Lord your God and obey his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. – Deuteronomy 11:1
So many of us are good at telling others what to do but we forget to do it ourselves. When we do that we miss the main point of God’s laws ourselves. Jesus made it clear, that obeying God’s law is more important than explaining it. It is much easier for us to study God’s laws and tell others to obey them than to put them into practice. Let’s try to practice a little harder to do what we are telling others to do this week.
How are you doing at OBEYING God yourself?
We all have something God has spiritually gifted us with. We must use those gifts to teach or COACH others about God. In order to COACH another person we need to do it with confidence and not worry. When we are confident with God it is easier to encourage others to follow him. So find someone to COACH this week, be confident and pray for God’s guidance. Remember that we all should be trying to grow God’s kingdom.
Lords of Dogtown-You gotta approach every day as if it is your last!
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. – John 6:37
Let’s face it, there are some people we just can’t get along with. It maybe your parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches or just anyone who annoys you. For some reason there is always someone who just does something to drive you crazy. I know I sure have had my fair share of those. But remember we want them to come to know Christ just like we have, right? Before they can do that we are called to accept them just like Christ has accepted us. That sounds crazy too. But think about it, God accepts us no matter what we have done. Every day He offers us the chance to make it right with Him. We should all want to be like Christ. So, if that is the case we should all be able to accept everyone no matter what they have done to us just like Christ has accepted us. Think about the people you may not get along with and think about away you can accept them today. I know it maybe difficult but it will be well worth it.
God fill me with your love and compassion so I can accept others!
We all have someone in our life that seems to be negative most of the time. Sometimes the negative comments they may make are true but it is always good to hear some positive things. It is easy to feel discouraged or weary by negative words but God is always there to lift us up. Through out the bible God continued to encouraged and lift people up no matter the circumstances. He is also with us today and has our backs. When we find ourselves being dragged down by those negative comments around us, we need to remember that God sees the potential in us.
God does not look at our negativity and with Him there are no limits to what we can accomplish. He redeems us, forgives us and most of all He loves us unconditionally. Don’t let the negativity around you limit you. Instead turn it over to God and let Him deal with it.