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VerseD: Ephesians 4:2-3

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:2-3, ESV

When the world sees the peace we strive for within the Church, they will want that same peace and love that we receive through the Holy Spirit.

VerseD: James 1:27

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27, ESV

Religion is not inherently bad.
Neglecting loving our neighbors, especially the least of these, is.
One simple rule in two parts: Love God by loving others.

VerseD: Luke 9:23-24

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Luke 9:23‭-‬24, ESV

If we strive for our best life now, it means it only gets worse after we die (i.e. Hell).
Jesus calls us to be servants, yes, possibly even doormats if that is what it takes to show the love, grace, and mercy of God to this world.

VerseD: Psalm 40:1-2

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
Psalm 40:1‭-‬2, ESV

Our giving of glory to God and our most effective witness to others of His goodness and awesomeness is trusting patiently in Him in all circumstances.
For we know we stand on His solid foundation.

VerseD: Psalm 113:3

From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!
Psalm 113:3 ESV

Who loves us like our Creator and Redeemer? May we follow His example and give Him glory as we love others with His abiding, sacrificial love.

VerseD: Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:10, ESV

We are not in a competition to be the best. We ought to be helping each other be our best in Christ through His love and grace flowing through us.

VerseD: Philippians 2:5

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus
Philippians 2:5, ESV

This life is not about us. Life is about glorifying God and serving others with humble, sacrificial love.

VerseD: Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31, ESV

God empowers those who seek Him to endure the troubles of this world and to impact this world for Christ with the Gospel.

VerseD: 1 John 5:14

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1 John 5:14, ESV

Some teach that God says we can ask for literally anything, even declare and decree we have it. Yet God’s Word is clear: anything according to God’s will.
Seek first His Kingdom …

VerseD: Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Matthew 18:20, ESV

We hold each other accountable to God’s Word and all godliness, and Christ empowers us to remain faithful.