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