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Thrive in your Community

on Friday, 30 June 2017. Posted in Devotionals

31 days of connection.

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Human beings are designed for relationship. We flourish in healthy community. In this day of social media it is easy for us to connect. Yet, we are still lonely. This month we will examine 31 Scripture verses that encourage connection. A vibrant woman of God thrives in community.

Prayerfully read the statement for the day. Write it in your journal and then reflect on what it means to you. Thank God for your connections!  If you would like this is a document email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy!

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  1. John 7:38-39 says “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”  (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)”
  2. "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."  Ephesians 5:1-2 
  3. Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
  4. Romans 12:4-5 “For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
  5. Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
  6. Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
  7. Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
  8. First Thessalonians 4:18 “Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
  9. First Thessalonians 5:14 “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”
  10. Acts 2:42 “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.”
  11. Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
  12. Ecclesiastes 4:10 (NLT) If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
  13. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
  14. Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT) 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
  15. 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (NLT)25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
  16. Philippians 2:3-4(NLT)3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
  17. Proverbs 17:17 (NLT) A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
  18. John 15:12-13 (NLT)12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
  19. Romans 15:7 (NLT) Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
  20. Romans 12:9-10 (NLT)9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
  21. Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
  22. 1 Peter 4:8-9 (NLT)8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
  23. Ephesians 4:2-6 (NLT)2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.
  24. James 5:16 (NLT)16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
  25. Proverbs 15:22 (NLT) Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
  26. Romans 1:12 NLT 12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
  27. 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)  I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters,[a] by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
  28. Zechariah 7:9-10 (NLT) “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. 10 Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.
  29. Ephesians 5:18-21 (NLT) 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  30. Galatians 6:10 (NLT)10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
  31. Romans 12:16 (NLT) Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!