Philippians 4: 1-9
Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and my crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
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 everything, 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.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Paul has just reminded his followers that their citizenship is in heaven–not on earth, so we should stand firm in Jesus Christ as we eagerly await in unity for his return to give us a new glorious body like his. Regardless of the circumstances of this life, we are to “Rejoice in the Lord always”. We must make our request known to God in prayer with thanksgiving as we trust in him. We have no reason to be anxious about anything. When we discipline ourselves to think on the good things that we have learned and put them into practice, we will gain the peace of God.
Father we submit all of our anxiety and fears into your hands, as we ask for discipline to keep our mind on your greatness and not on our weakness. We rejoice in knowing that we have an eternal home in heaven with you. Help us to practice your love and mercy to others. We ask in Jesus’ name.