Living Life Differently
It’s easier to watch bullying than to help stop it. It’s easier to scroll through social media and like everyone’s posts than to pray with your friends and encourage them. It’s easier to watch a movie than to read the Bible.
So, how can we, as young men and women of God, live our lives differently; how can we express Christ every day? Keep reading to discover what the Bible says.
What does the Bible say?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things. (TLV)
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (ESV)
These verses can inspire us. The power in God’s Word builds us up.
(I encourage you to write your answers down.)
- When we become overwhelmed by life’s struggles, it can become hard to see the good in life. It’s easier to think about everything that went wrong in life than the good things in life. What does the Bible say is great to think about during these times? Hint: Look at Philippians 4:8.
- We all encounter troubles and trials in every stage of our lives. What should we count it as according to James 1:2?
• I’m challenging you to think about whatever is praiseworthy. For example, when you feel overwhelmed, think about Psalm 61:2,”From the end of the earth I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Listen to uplifting music. Read stories that inspire you. Spend time with people that boost you up. (e.x. host a get-together and play games with great people). Create awesome things (e.x. a card for your sick neighbor).
• I’m challenging you to count it all as joy. Remeber that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).
Even when you have a bad day, thank Jesus for the blessings in it (e.x. that hug your friend gave you after you received bad news).
By doing the above, we can live our lives abnormally for and because of Christ. We can stop bullying. We can take care of each other. We can live differently. “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
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