1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:1-7
One of the hardest things for the Christian sometimes is to remain focused and stand fast! We often allow outside forces to sway us, distract us or move us away from our purpose in Christ. It is very important, however, that we stand fast – remain focused – don’t get comfortable in this world, but rather stand firm in our beliefs and our commitment to the things of the Lord.
We must remain committed to the Lord and work together toward the same goal. We’ve heard in this election the buzz words “working across the aisle” which means that people will be committed to working with one another despite partisan politics. The Christian also must be committed to working with one another despite denomination, despite minor doctrinal differences, despite personality differences, and especially despite racial differences! It is not to say that we won’t sometimes have broken relationships – that we won’t sometimes disagree or even make one another angry – but remembering the model of Jesus – we sin not – we must always have as our motive reconciliation, restoration and being of the same mind.
How do we accomplish this? Verse 5: Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be gentle (reasonable, fair minded and charitable) to everyone! Don’t have your pick and choices of whom to be gentle with. Be gentle to all men – both saved and unsaved, those who agree with you and those who don’t, those who like you and those you won’t! Christ is near and we must allow His perfect will to be manifested within us and through our lives so that others can see Him when they come in contact with us.
Don’t be anxious for anything, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God! Turn your worries into prayers! Be thankful to God for what you do have and what He’s saved you from instead of worrying and getting frustrated by what you clearly cannot control!
Then, after you’ve done these things, after you have a clear vision of your purpose and your responsibility – the Peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus! God will grant you peace even when it logically looks like you should be losing your mind, even when you, yourself, cannot understand it! In the midst of your trials and circumstances, in the midst of the layoffs and the foreclosures, in the midst of the terror in the eyes of others – God will give you PEACE! He will guard your heart and your mind with Peace! That’s a sure remedy for times like these!
©2008 Candie A. Price