Part of forgiving is keeping your focus off the thing that made you hurt or angry. It’s leaving what happened in the past, in the past.Look at Philippians 3:12-14. Instead of focusing on the past, what should you think about?
Part of growing up is figuring out who you are. The world will tell you all sorts of things – things that aren’t true. Always turn to God to find out who you really are. Start with these beautiful verses: 1 John 3:1, Galatians 4:7, Psalm 139:13-14 and 1 Peter 2:9.
Jacob never expected to hear God’s voice that night. But you can expect to hear God’s voice every day. Just be still and listen. He might whisper a verse into your heart. He might send someone to encourage you. And He always speaks through the Bible. God loves to talk to you!
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches us how to pray. Check out these verses and pay special attention to verse 10. Whose will should be done? Whatever you pray for, ask for God’s will to be done. That’s always the best plan.
When Jesus came, He changed the way sacrifices were made. It was no longer about animals and priests. Instead, sacrifices became about how we live our lives. Read Romans 12:1. How could choosing to please God – instead of the world, your friends or even yourself – be a “living sacrifice” to God?