Thank God for Godly Men

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To the dads who cared during hard times, and cheered for us in the good ones…

To the men who showed us what it means to work hard and show up consistently…

To the father figures who offered us timely advice and practical support…

To the men who continue to support, encourage, and inspire us…

Thank you for showing us what it looks like to be a godly dad. You are seen. You are called. You are valued. You are loved.

We hope this special Verse Image encourages you:

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Today—whether you’re a dad or mom, mentor, or student—think about the father figures who have positively impacted your life. Let them know you appreciate them by sharing this Verse Image. It only takes a moment to show someone honor and thanks.

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Want to change lives? Live generously.

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


If you looked at where you spend your time and resources, what would it show that you value?

At YouVersion, our mission is to help our Community experience intimacy with God every day. We want to see people from every nation and language daily drawing closer to God. That’s one of the reasons we create Verse of the Day Stories, Guided Prayers, and Verse Images: so that people around the world can experience God’s love and truth in fresh, personal ways.

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We don’t want anything to prevent people like you from personally knowing God, which is one of the reasons why YouVersion will always be free.

Our desire is that as you experience God’s love, it transforms what you value, and inspires you to live generously as well.

When you share what God has given you, you model God’s love to a broken world. This deepens your intimacy with God, and it also creates opportunities for other people to draw closer to Him.

Just imagine—your generosity could impact someone’s eternity.

One way to cultivate a life of generosity is by financially supporting the ministry of YouVersion. And when you do, you get to take part in something that has lasting value: helping people around the world experience God’s generous love.

Today, consider asking God to show you how He wants you to use the resources He’s given you, and then watch as He faithfully multiplies your gift to bless others.

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What does it mean to be a Christian?

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So you decided to follow Jesus … now what?

We all have an idea of what following Jesus should look like. But if we’re honest with ourselves, our views are often influenced by our cultural values, our politics, our background, and what’s currently going on in the world around us. If we were to strip away those outside influences, what would a follower of Jesus actually look like?

Cultures will change and values will shift, but God’s Word will always reveal what it means to be a Christian.

Today, let’s break down three Bible passages that will help us understand how to follow Jesus. These steps aren’t meant to be a complete list, but they’ll give you an overview of what it means to live like Jesus every day.

Love God

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

MATTHEW 22:36-40

This passage is often called “the Great Commandment” because with it, Jesus succinctly sums up the entire Old Testament Law. And Jesus perfectly demonstrated this commandment when He gave up His life for us.

But before continuing, it’s important to point out that this command contains three parts: loving God, loving others, and loving yourself. These actions are tied together, and only possible if we first let God love us. When we accept God’s love for us, we can then love Him in return and let Him change the way we see ourselves. And when we learn to see ourselves through the lens of God’s love, we start to love others like God loves us. So, if we want to obey this command, then we need to follow Jesus’ example, and seek God like Jesus did:

Jesus intentionally spent time alone with His Father, He talked with God regularly, and He placed God’s will before His own desires.

For us, this might look like setting aside a specific time each day when we devote ourselves to studying God’s Word and to prayer. We can take everything to our heavenly Father. We can share our emotions with Him, ask Him to intervene in our circumstances, and even celebrate our victories with Him. We can also ask Him to show us how we can help bring His kingdom to earth. With God, nothing is off-limits—He wants to spend time with us.

When we prioritize spending time with Him, we begin to understand who He is and what He wants for us. This transforms the way we love ourselves and other people.

And one of the easiest ways to learn what loving others looks like is to break down what love is.

Love Others

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.


This passage is a famous definition of love, but it also defines God because God is love. So, when we wonder if our lives are aligning with God’s character, we can use this passage to gauge our actions:

Since God is patient with us, are we patient? Since God forgives us, do we forgive others? Since God doesn’t hold our mistakes against us, do we let go of grudges?

This doesn’t mean we’ll always get it right, but asking ourselves these questions can help us determine if we’re moving toward God or away from Him.

If our thoughts are continuously prideful, if our words are continuously hurtful, if our actions are continuously self-centered, then we’re probably not following Jesus’ command to love God and others. And if we’re not doing that, we may belong to Jesus—but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are following Jesus.

Thankfully, the more we commit to spending time with Jesus, the more we will start to act like Him.

Make Disciples

“All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of every nation. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to affirm all I’ve commanded you —and I’ll be with you till the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:18-20

As Jesus ascended into heaven, He told His followers to disciple others. The original Greek word that’s translated as “make disciples” is matheteuo, which means “to train.”

Jesus isn’t saying, “go and force people to become disciples.” He’s saying, “as you are going about your lives, train and teach people to follow me, just as I have taught you to follow me.”

This might look like developing a relationship with the barista who makes your coffee. It could mean buying someone a meal and letting them know they’re valued. Or, it might look like taking care of your kids and treating them with love and affection.

Whoever God places in front of you, show them what it means to follow Jesus. And in every situation, let your actions be influenced by your love for God and for others.

Which of these steps do you need to focus on this week? Pick one, and ask God to show you how to apply it to your daily life.

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“Mom, what are we gonna do today?”

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Family activities may look different this year, but wherever you go—whether it’s across the street or across the country—fill your time with fun, meaningful conversations about God that help your kids grow spiritually.

Give kids a delight-filled Bible experience with animated, interactive Bible stories that help them discover the bigger story God is telling.

Whether you’re at home with your kids or taking a road trip, Bible App for Kids can go with you wherever you go.

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I Am the Light of the World

I Am the Light of the World

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:2

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 27:1

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6

But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Romans 8:10-11

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

Ephesians 5:8

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:7-9

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:5