Relationships, especially the peaceful ones, take work. This is why the writer of Hebrews tells us to make every effort to live in peace with others. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem to work the way you’d hoped it would right away. God promises that the effort you take to live in peace will not be wasted. Today, think through how you will respond to others in order to live in peace. Ask God to help you take a step towards peace in even your most difficult relationships.
Christmas is a season often overflowing from the start. From big dinners and class parties to church services and over-packed schedules, it’s often the busiest season of the year! While this season can be filled with good things, it can also be a time full of so much busyness that it threatens to steal our hope and peace. This week, instead of over-filling your plate and schedule, take the time to fill your heart with God’s Word. Start by memorizing this verse so you don’t miss the peace and hope the Christmas season has to offer.