Developing Godly Relationships
Love is to be sincere and active … Hate what is evil … hold on tightly to what is good. Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family] …
God created us for community. We’re wired for relationships: with our friends, spouse, coworkers, or kids. God intended healthy relationships to be compassionate, sacrificial, honorable, and forgiving. Cultivating those qualities often means surrendering our expectations for our relationships and trusting Him instead.
Today, we’re sharing Videos and Bible Plans that can help you engage with the people you love, parent, or lead. Watch the Videos below, and then select one of the featured Plans to go deeper into the concepts they outline. You can complete Plans on your own, or go through them with someone using Plans with Friends.
Verse of the Day Videos:
1. Don’t miss what matters most.
2. Be willing to forgive.
3. Lay down your life for the people you love.
4. Praise God, even when things get messy.
Want to learn more about developing godly relationships? Start a Plan:
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What is God doing in you?
Take a moment and think about what God has done in your life recently. Think of the situations He’s helped you endure, the challenges you’ve overcome together, and the victories you’ve experienced because of Him.
No matter your situation or background, when you belong to Christ, His Holy Spirit is with you at all times, empowering and strengthening you. There is nothing that God cannot do through you when His Holy Spirit lives within you.
Right now, ask God to show you how His Holy Spirit is at work in your life. Here are some Plans that can help you get started:
Challenge yourself to grow closer to Christ.
God wants to renew us every day and bring new life into our routines, relationships, and the way we speak and think.
That’s why we do the Mid-Year Challenge: it’s an opportunity to partner with God as we pursue constant renewal.
It’s not too late to start the Challenge! To earn the Badge, complete at least one day of a Plan for 7 days in a row during July.
Pick a Plan to get started:
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But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Take a moment to reflect on the past few months. What have you learned? What have you overcome? How have you grown closer to Christ?
Right now, no matter what these past few months have looked like, we have an opportunity to allow God to renew our minds and souls.
And one of the best ways to partner with God as He moves in our lives is to take on new challenges. So this month, let’s intentionally pursue Christ together by taking part in the Mid-Year Challenge.
How to start the Mid-Year Challenge:
Get the 2021 Mid-Year Challenge Badge by completing at least one Plan day for 7 days in a row during the month of July.
To get the most out of your Challenge, invite a few trusted friends to join you. And, make sure you don’t miss any days by setting up daily reminders in your Plan settings.
Ready to get started? Pick your Plan now:
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Think of the older kids in your life. They’ve been using Bible App for Kids, but you may be noticing that they’re ready for more mature Bible-based tools. This puts them—and you—in a unique transition period. As they start to ask harder questions and figure out how to seek God in a way that’s uniquely their own, here are 3 ways you can come alongside them and continue to help them grow spiritually:
Read Bible App for Kids Plans together
Help your kids transition to engaging with Scripture in the Bible App by reading Bible App for Kids Plans together. Each Plan teaches life lessons based on a Bible App for Kids story, and they’re a great way to help older kids explore the YouVersion Bible App.
Simply open your YouVersion App and search for Bible App for Kids Plans.
Watch Kids Bible Experience
Much like Verse of the Day Stories, Kids Bible Experience offers a daily video teaching and reflection questions that help preteens connect with God in a way that’s uniquely theirs.
Consider going through the experience with your kids and use the reflection questions as a launching point for deeper discussions.
Complete Plans as a family
If your kids are starting to age out of Bible App for Kids, there is plenty of other content within YouVersion made with them in mind. Here are some of them:
At your next family time, consider going through one of these steps together, and talk about the biblical themes that stand out to you.
And no matter what next steps you take, we’re here to partner with you. You play an important role in how your children seek God and respond to Scripture, and we’re grateful that you choose to intentionally lead your children spiritually.