Bible Reading: Matthew 18:15-20
We all face conflicts in life. Even Christians do not always agree with each other. In our Bible Reading, Jesus gives us a plan for resolving conflicts with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Verse 15 says, “If your brother or sister in God’s family does something wrong, go and tell them what they did wrong.” This shows us that we need to do something to resolve our conflicts. If going to a brother or sister alone doesn’t solve the problem, then we are to take other Christians with us. And if that doesn’t help, then we are to “treat them as you would treat someone who does not know God or who is a tax collector” (verse 17b). We should not hate that person. Instead we should show them God’s love and grace.
We should work hard to resolve our conflicts with other Christians. God will be pleased when we settle our problems using Jesus’ plan. — Donna Valverde-Hummel
“If your brother or sister in
God’s family does something wrong, warn them. If they are sorry
for what they did, forgive them.” Luke 17:3b
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me show Your love and grace to all my brothers and sisters in Christ. In His name. Amen.
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Bible Reading: Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus told His eleven special followers to go to a mountain in Galilee. On that mountain, they worshiped Jesus.
Our Bible verses tell us that while Jesus was talking to His followers, He gave them a special command. Jesus said, “So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do” (verses 19-20a).
This command is for Christians today, too. But sometimes it is hard to tell other people about Jesus. When we are scared or discouraged about sharing the Gospel with others, the Holy Spirit helps us. He is our comforter, counselor and helper in our Christian life.
Look for opportunities today to share the Good News about Jesus with someone. Ask the Holy Spirit to help and guide you. — Bianca Carrigan
“But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me — in Jerusalem, in the rest of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.” Acts 1:8
PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to help me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Luke 24:36-49
After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to two men as they were walking on a road. Later these two men told more of Jesus’ followers that He was alive.
These followers were together and “Jesus himself came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’” (verse 36b). Jesus’ followers were afraid and thought He was a ghost. Jesus told the followers to not be afraid and to touch Him. “You can see that I have a living body; a ghost does not have a body like this” (verse 39b). Then Jesus’ followers believed that He had risen from the dead.
In John 20:29, Jesus told His followers, “You believe because you see me. Great blessings belong to the people who believe without seeing me!” Jesus was talking about you and me. We cannot see Him today, but we can read about Him in the Bible. And we can know for sure that Jesus rose from the dead.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have the hope of living forever with Him! — Bianca Carrigan
“The followers were amazed and very, very happy to see that
Jesus was alive.” Luke 24:41a
PRAYER: Father, I believe that Jesus died and rose again. Thank You for the promise of eternal life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Matthew 27:32-44
Roman soldiers took Jesus to a place called Golgotha. There they nailed Jesus to a cross.
When Jesus was on the cross, many people walked by and shouted insults at Him. Priests, teachers of the law and Jewish leaders made fun of Jesus. Some of these people said (verse 40b), “So save yourself! Come down from that cross if you really are the Son of God!” And the criminals on the other crosses insulted Jesus, too.
Even though people insulted Jesus, He did not become angry. Jesus didn’t talk back to the people. He didn’t seek revenge. Why? Because Jesus knew He had to die so our sins could be forgiven. Jesus knew God’s great plan for saving us!
When you follow Jesus, other people may insult you. What will you do? Will you become angry, talk back or seek revenge? Be like Jesus. Trust God. Be thankful that He has forgiven your sins and has a plan for you. Pray for other people, too, that they will believe in Jesus and follow Him. — Chad Entinger
“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.’” Luke 23:34a
PRAYER: Dear God, help me to stand strong for You even when other people insult me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Matthew 26:47-56
Our Bible verses today tell us that a big group of people went to arrest Jesus. Among those people was one of His disciples, Judas. When the men grabbed Jesus to arrest Him, another follower took his sword and cut off one of the servant’s ears.
What did Jesus do? Did He fight back? Did He try to run away? Did Jesus prevent the men from arresting Him? Did He call angels to come and rescue Him? No! Jesus allowed the men to arrest Him. Why did Jesus do that? He knew it was God’s plan for Him to be arrested. Jesus obeyed His Father’s will and fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies.
Be like Jesus. Read the Bible so that you will know what God’s plan is for you. And be sure to obey His will every day of your life. — Chad Entinger
“Then Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Why do you come to get me with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal. Every day I sat in the Temple area teaching. You did not arrest me. But all these things have happened to show the full meaning of what the prophets wrote.’”
PRAYER: Dear God, help me to know Your plan and obey You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Matthew 26:36-46
Sometimes we know that we need to do something for God, but we are not sure we want to do it. Maybe you have felt that way before.
Jesus knew God wanted Him to die on the cross. But His human nature wanted to avoid the pain, suffering and humiliation. So in our Bible verses Jesus asked God, “My Father, if it is possible, don’t make me drink from this cup” (verse 39b). Jesus was asking God if there was another way He could obey Him. But then Jesus added, “But do what you want, not what I want” (verse 39b).
When we want to avoid doing something for God, we may ask Him if there is another way to serve Him. Maybe God will show us another way or maybe He will be silent. God’s silence means that there is no other way. God expects us to obey Him and accept His will.
Jesus is our perfect example of how we should follow God. Humbly serve and obey God today! — Paul Dymoke
“Then Jesus went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if I must do this and it is not possible for me to escape it, then I pray that what you want will be done.’” Matthew 26:42
PRAYER: Lord, I know that You will always take care of me. Help me to humbly obey You today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Luke 4:14-29
Our Bible verses today tell us that Jesus went to his hometown of Nazareth. He went to the synagogue and read from the book of Isaiah. Jesus read verses of prophecy about the Messiah.
When Jesus was finished reading, He said, “While you heard me reading these words just now, they are coming true” (verse 21b). Then Jesus talked about how the Jewish prophets had helped people who were non-Jews. This made the people in the synagogue angry. These people “forced Jesus to go out of town…They took Jesus to the edge of a hill to throw him off. But he walked through the middle of the crowd and went away” (verses 29-30). Jesus was rejected by His friends and family. That must have hurt Him!
Sometimes our friends and family reject us when we speak the truth from God’s Word. It is sad when people reject God, but it is very important that we always speak the truth. Remember that God will be with you as you speak His truth. — Paul Dymoke
“Then he said, ‘The truth is, a prophet is not accepted in his own hometown.’” Luke 4:24
PRAYER: Dear Father, help us to be bold as we share the truth from Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
If you walk around a shopping mall, you may see ads for different products sold in the mall. We may ignore some ads, but others might catch our eye. These ads may tempt us to buy things we can’t afford or we don’t need.
In our Bible verses today, the devil tempted Jesus. The devil wanted Jesus to fail and disobey God. But Jesus was able to resist all the temptations presented by the devil. Each time Jesus was tempted, He said, “No!”
How was Jesus able to do this? He relied on God’s Word to help Him. Each time Jesus was tempted, He quoted verses from the Bible. Jesus set a good example for us. We, too, can resist temptations by using God’s Word.
Maybe the devil will tempt you to sin today. When that happens, pray to God and read God’s words in the Bible. Then thank God for His help and His strength! — Matthew Poe
“For this reason, Jesus had to be made like us, his brothers and
sisters, in every way…And now he
can help those who are tempted.
He is able to help because he
himself suffered and was tempted.” Hebrews 2:17-18
PRAYER: Father, forgive our sins and help us to resist the devil. In Jesus’ name. Amen.