Ephesians 4:3 says, Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Peace is important - it's mentioned 249 times in the NIV Bible. Satan loves destroying peace in families, friendships, relationships, churches, communities, and countries. Because the church is made up of broken humans, division creeps in. Things like the type of worship music, the format of the youth group, arguments over doctrine, jealousy, anger, and hurt all cause division. The Apostle Paul urges us to bind ourselves together with peace. How do we do that?
Ephesians 4:1-2 says, I beg you to live the way God’s people should live, because he chose you to be his. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love. The way we live should reflect the fact that your are one of God's people. It should affect every aspect of our lives - what we think, what we say, what we do, what we listen to, what we watch, etc.
Verse two tells us four ways to do this:
In Ephesians 3:20 Paul says, God is able to do much more than we ask or think through His power working in us. We often underestimate what we can do based on our self limiting beliefs. But, God lives in us and works through us by his Holy Spirit. With him we can do so much more than we can imagine. All of the great men and women of the Bible were just ordinary people like you and me, but God worked through them. He can work through you too.
Here are some more Bible verses about God working through people.
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul. Acts 19:11
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.