The Christians in the early church found happiness in sharing their belongings, homes and purpose. Acts 2:42-26 says, The believers spent their time listening to the teaching of the apostles. They shared everything with each other. They ate together and prayed together. Many wonders and miraculous signs were happening through the apostles, and everyone felt great respect for God. All the believers stayed together and shared everything. They sold their land and the things they owned. Then they divided the money and gave it to those who needed it. The believers shared a common purpose, and every day they spent much of their time together in the Temple area. They also ate together in their homes. They were happy to share their food and ate with joyful hearts.
I think that one of the reasons people are so unhappy today is that we are isolated. We are surrounded by other people, but we're always so busy, or so connected to our phones that we miss real connection with other people.
In Acts 2, the christians in the early church did several things which contributed to their experience of true happiness:
1. Listened to Biblical teaching.
2. Shared everything with each other.
3. Ate together
4. Prayed together.
5. Spent time with other believers.
6. Had a common purpose.
7. Spent a lot of time at church.
8. Shared their food and ate together.
All of these things help us to live with one common purpose (to love God and love others) and to be happy. Choose one of these things to do more of this week. Invite a friend over for dinner, pray with someone, go to a Bible study, spend time with other Christians, share your lunch...
Proverbs 15:1 says, A gentle answer makes anger disappear, but a rough answer makes it grow. This piece of wisdom can change your life dramatically. Disagreements and arguments will happen because we live in a fallen world. When you're angry or upset, it is human nature to raise your voice and use an aggressive tone. I have learnt, that if I use a gentler tone, even if I'm angry, I can often avoid an argument or heated debate. If I try to understand what the other person is saying, instead of trying to make them understand me, we all get along a lot better. Next time your are on the brink of having an argument with your parents or a sibling, try to use a gentle tone and try to understand what they are saying. You still might not agree with them, but you might avoid World War 3.
Proverbs 14:31 says, Whoever takes advantage of the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to them honors him. God has a special place in his heart for the poor. We are told many times in the Bible to be kind to the poor. Here are a few from Proverbs:
Giving help to the poor is like loaning money to the Lord. He will pay you back for your kindness.
Those who refuse to help the poor will not receive help when they need it themselves.
Generous people will be blessed, because they share their food with the poor.
The Lord is on their side. He supports the poor, and he will take from those who take from them.
I could go on, but you get the picture. Be kind to the poor.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.