You interact with people every day: on the way to work, at the supermarket, the gym, your workplace, school; even on the phone. Every person you meet is facing their own struggles and setbacks… just like you are. And everyone you meet is passionately loved by God… just like you.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.… take delight in honoring each other.
ROMANS 12:9, 10b
A few quick Google searches suggest that we live in a world that’s hurting from violence, hatred, anxiety, and brokenness. But, what if we started a ripple that could begin changing that? What if your commitment to live peacefully with others could start a chain reaction?
If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.
Here are 3 practical ways you can live at peace within your community, today and every day:
Pray for others. Jesus commands us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In fact, He modeled what this looks like by asking God to forgive His persecutors when He died on the cross. Praying for those who have wronged you causes your heart to change — it’s harder to hate someone when you’re asking God to bless them.
Reflection Questions: Who in my life do I need to forgive? What do I need to forgive them for, and how can I ask God to bless them?
Get to know your neighbors. It’s never been easier to shut off from the world and forget the problems other people are facing. That’s why it’s never been more important to love your neighbors as much as you love yourself.
What are they passionate about? What are they struggling with? When you invest in the lives of others, you’ll find a deeper understanding of God’s love for the people He’s placed around you.
Reflection Question: Which of my neighbors needs an extra dose of love today?
Actively pursue unity. This might look like advocating on behalf of the vulnerable around you. It might look like patching up a rift between friends, or helping someone who can’t speak up for themselves. Whatever God calls you to do, He’ll equip you to do it. He has placed you where you are so that you can share His love and draw others close to Him.
Reflection Question: What need in the world is bothering me right now? How might God be calling me to meet that need?
As you reflect on how you can be a generator of peace, get your community involved by sharing a Verse Image on social media and continuing the conversation.
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For more ideas about how you can live in unity with others, explore Plans on the Bible App.
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Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Telugu. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.
Switching between languages is easy, right in the app’s Settings:
- Make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release.
- Open the app and tap the gear icon () to open Settings.
- Tap Language and select the one you want.
The audio will now play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!
Please help us celebrate this great news!
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About the Bible App for Kids
Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids is from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 31 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids, in 47 languages — now including Telugu!
How to Start (and Keep) Good Habits
Imagine it’s late and you’ve had a long day. You were planning to exercise, fix yourself a healthy meal, then spend some time in God’s Word. Instead, you grab some pizza and binge TV shows.
Without realizing it, you just reinforced a habit.
Research suggests we all have “keystone habits,”† acquired patterns of behavior that form the basis of our daily routines. Change those, and you can change your life.
Here are 5 Ways to Develop Healthy Habits:
Remember whose you are. You are called by God and made in His image. Because of His great love for you, you have the ability to become more like the person God created you to be.
Identify the “why” behind your behavior.† Do you eat junk food because you like the taste? Or because you’re tired or bored? Once you know why you behave the way you do, it’s easier to replace unhealthy habits with better ones.
Draw close to God. When you prioritize time with God, you’re allowing Him to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2). Eventually, this will help you change the way you live.
Focus on one key habit. Consistently doing one thing well will yield results over time and make it easier to master other habits later.
Give yourself grace. You won’t always get it right… And that’s okay. When you stumble, “fall forward”: learn from your mistakes and keep going. God will still be right beside you, cheering you on.
It only takes a moment to start a healthy habit. Pick a Plan, and let God use that choice to begin transforming your daily routines.
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† The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Think of the people cheering you on, inspiring you with their hard-earned wisdom and life stories. Think of the people you can count on for understanding and advice because they illustrate what unconditional love looks like.
I command you to show respect for older people and to obey me with fear and trembling.
They might be your grandparents, parents, family friends, or neighbors. Today, honor an elder who’s made a positive impact in your life (or your family’s) by sharing this Verse Image with them.
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