6 WORDS TO LIVE BY
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Php 4:4-7)
OUR INNER ATTITUDES DO NOT HAVE TO REFLECT OUR OUTWARD CIRCUMSTANCES.
It seems strange that a man in prison would be telling a church to rejoice. But Paul's attitude teaches us an important lesson: Paul was full of joy because he knew that no matter what happened to him, Jesus Christ was with him.
It’s a Godly peace that is different from the world's peace. Paul knew full well that true peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control.
Paul based that understanding idea on the fact that our citizenship in Christ's Kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and we can have victory over sin. It’s God's peace that guards your heart against anxiety.
OUR INNER WORRIES HAVE AN REFLECTION ON OUR OUTWARD PRAYERS. Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul's advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.
All we need to do is be “anxious in nothing” and then be “prayerful in everything.” If we are truly “thankful in anything,” the “prayerful in everything” component is kind of a given.
Paul relays in the verses above into an understanding that I need to live by, 6 words in fact.