Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Community Valuing Relationships - Better Together Devotion by Stacy A. Davis

Family Fun Icebreaker: What is a good memory from a time shared with friends?

Topic Question: How are we Better Together?

Today’s Big Idea: Community Valuing Relationships
Finding a group of friends that treats you right can be hard. In a group of friends, joking that starts in fun sometimes goes too far and becomes hurtful; ego gets in the way. In God’s community, God doesn’t want joking at the expense of others. He wants real joy. God wants a community that loves at all times. God also desires a community that lives in unity with each other. He wants us to show loving-kindness, be good, and pleasant. God desires for you to be part of a group that through the unity of friendship points others to Jesus. If you are isolated and alone, God knows that you can struggle more to live life His right way. You can be tempted to live apart from God. You need to be in a group of people who will in a loving manner encourage you to listen to God’s direction.

Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in
unity. Psalm 133:1 (NIV)
A friend loves at all times. Proverb 17:17 (NIV)

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
You may not be part of a group outside of your family right now, and that is okay. Your family is the first community that God designed for you. God also wants you to be strengthened by godly peers. He wants you to be part of a group who loves you and encourages you outside of your family. God wants the church to be an accepting place. He wants you to feel welcome to join a group of friends who trust Jesus. He wants you to strengthen others and be strengthened by others. Even in church, however, it can be a challenge to find this group of encouraging friends. You may have to make many visits to several different groups until you find the right group for you. You may find God’s community in a Christian neighborhood group or a Christian group at school. God’s community is often in a church building but not limited to that location. Keep praying about finding His community, and He will lead you to the right place.

Discuss with your family: Do you think that anyone else feels unsure walking into a new group? What helps you make friends in a new group of people? What would be the benefits of being in a small group of godly friends?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to help you find a community of godly friends.

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