WEEK 1

DEVOTIONALS

DAY 1

How many things can you think of that come in pairs? Your eyes, earphones, your ears? Even two mismatched socks are better than one! The point is, pairs can be really important. When God created Adam, He didn’t create him to be alone; God created Eve to be Adam’s helper—the other part of the pair. This verse in Ephesians points to the same truth. Two are better together. Two can help each other. That’s why God places people all around us to help us, encourage us, and keep us moving toward success. When we help each other, success is easier to achieve. Is there something you might need a little help with in your life? Be brave today and ask a friend to help!

DAY 2

Thinking only about yourself is easy to do. After all, you’re the person you spend the most time with every single day! But this verse reminds us that we need to remember to think of others, too. Taking an interest in someone means to give them the same kind of concern that you give to yourself. If we all thought about how others feel or what others need in addition to our own needs, we would see better relationships, better communities, and a better world. This week, find one thing you can do to go out of your way to put the needs of someone else in your life before your own.

DAY 3

Can you imagine listening to a song that only used one note? Just the same sound over and over and over again. That would be terrible, right? Music sounds better when it’s played as combination of different notes that all fit together to make one beautiful sound. That’s called harmony, and it’s something we can find in our own lives, as well. Harmony isn’t about everyone looking or acting the same. It’s actually about different parts of the body of Christ coming together to make something greater. The Bible calls us to live in harmony with each other, and that means working together to make something great in spite of our differences. Think about how you respond to people who are different from you. How can you begin to embrace their differences and live in harmony with them?

DAY 4

Have you ever been surrounded by people, but still somehow felt totally alone? The presence of others doesn’t always mean the absence of loneliness. But for believers in Jesus, that’s where fellowship steps in! When we truly spend time building relationships with others, we’re living in true fellowship. And as this verse shows us, it comes as the result of living in the light with God. It doesn’t matter if you’re quiet or loud, shy or outgoing, love big groups or small groups, you can find fellowship and unity with others when you’re connected by the love of God. This week, pray that God would give you opportunities to get to know and connect with others who believe in Him.

DAY 5

Think of times in your life when you had the most fun. It’s probably safe to say you weren’t alone. While some places might be more fun with less people (like the long lines at amusement park), most things in life are just better when you’re sharing them with others. And as the writer reminds us in this verse, it’s both good and pleasant when all of God’s people enjoy life together. This week, take time to make a list of the people that make your life more fun when you’re with them. Shoot them a text or write them a note to thank them for making your life better because they’re a part of it.

WEEK 2

DEVOTIONALS

DAY 1

Even though we know God’s forgiveness is ours to receive, it’s sometimes not easy to offer that same forgiveness to one another. The pain and hurt we feel when wronged by someone else makes forgiveness the farthest thing from our minds! In those moments, remember that forgiveness is ours to offer to others just as freely as God offers it to us. And not only will it help the other person, but it will set you free as well. Is there a person in your life that you are struggling to forgive? Pray that God would fill your heart with forgiveness toward them.

DAY 2

Have you ever had a disagreement with someone? If you have, then you know it doesn’t feel good. Maybe your voice cracks when you try to speak. Or maybe anger overtakes the conversation and you yell. Or maybe you walk away, still upset as you go. One thing is for certain: When we don’t have peace, we truly feel awful. That’s why Paul reminds us in this verse to do all that we can to live in peace. Because he knew that living at peace with each other is the best way we can live—the happiest, most joyful life possible. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the work when peace is the reward. Take some time to write down some ways you can do your best to live in peace with those around you.

DAY 3

The greatest commandment Jesus gave us was to love. It’s such a powerful force that Jesus placed it at the top of the commandment food chain! Just as He reminded His disciples over and over to love each other, Jesus calls us to do the same. And when Christ calls us to love, it’s because He wants our lives to be as full of as much love as possible. Who in your life could use a little love? Find a way to reach out to them to tell them that you love them today!

DAY 4

Imagine carrying a really heavy backpack for a long time. If it sounds tiring and a little bit painful, that’s because it would be! Just imagine the relief you’d feel if someone came and took the backpack off your shoulders. That’s the exact feeling that God wants us to have when we share each other’s burdens. While it doesn’t mean we try and solve all their problems, when a friend in our life is burdened, we can offer encouragement, support, and love to help share the load. How can you help share the burdens of someone in your life this week?

DAY 5

Loving others isn’t always easy. And loving others the same way God loves us? That sometimes feels impossible! God’s love is unconditional, meaning there’s nothing we can do or say to change it. And while unconditional love is hard to offer to the people in our lives sometimes, with God’s help, we can begin to love others in a more Christlike way, no matter who they are or where they come from. Memorize this verse this week to remind you of the way God loves you and calls you to love others as well.

WEEK 3

DEVOTIONALS

DAY 1

Think about all the different places people gather together. At the airport, on the school bus, at the grocery stores, or in the mall to name a few. While people come together all the time, it’s important to remember that when they’re gathered for a common purpose, there’s power. And what better purpose than in the name of Jesus? As this verse tells us, the most powerful way we can come together—even just two or three of us—is under the name of Jesus. As you spend time at church this week, look around you. Pay attention to just how many people have come to gather with you in the name of Jesus!

DAY 2

Have you ever been so excited to give someone a gift? Maybe you worked really hard to pick out just the right present for someone, and the joy you felt when they opened it was amazing! Well, the spiritual gifts that God has given to you have the power to bring that same joy to others when you use them to serve. Your sense of humor, your sweet smile, your words of encouragement, your heart for others—those are all gifts that you’ve been given that have the power to bring joy to others. Ask someone close to you to help you identify a few of the spiritual gifts you’ve been given. Then, find just one way you can use one of them to bring joy to someone else this week.

DAY 3

When you’re going through a difficult time, remember that God has given you the tools to help you as you go. He gives you the endurance, or strength, you need to keep moving forward. And He gives you the encouragement to know that you’re going to make it through. I don’t know about you, but just knowing God has provided even those two things makes me feel stronger and safer as I navigate the difficult things in my life. If you’re dealing with something hard in this season of your life, pray specifically for God to give you the endurance and encouragement He promises.

DAY 4

Have you ever put something together with glue? If you have, then you know that the only job of glue is to hold things together. Though you may not see the glue on the finished product, you know it’s there because it’s power is keeping the piece together. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is the glue that holds believers in Jesus together. It’s His power that keeps us united and strong as a body of believers. Though we cannot see Him, we know He’s always at work to keep us working together for God’s glory. Pray this week that the Holy Spirit would serve as the glue to strengthen and unite your Small Group so that you can make a big impact on this world together.

DAY 5

Teamwork makes the dream work. You’ve heard that phrase before, right? As cheesy as it sounds, it’s true! When we work together, encourage each other, and help each other as we go, the things we’re striving for are a lot easier to reach. When you work to encourage, help, and support others in your life, you’re literally building them up and pushing them forward on the path that God has called them on. What a powerful thing we can do for each other! This week, be a great builder by giving someone in your life an encouraging word.