- Rejoice in the Lord always- when it’s good-rejoice, when it’s bad-rejoice, when it’s strange-rejoice, when it’s disappointing-rejoice, when it’s frustrating-rejoice, when it’s unfair-rejoice, when it’s hard to understand-rejoice, even when it hurts-rejoice. What is “it”- LIFE. You can’t avoid it, but you can control how you respond to it.
- Be gentle-oh my is this a hard one for me. Fruit has to come out of you especially when you’re being pressed on every side. Be meek, you’ll inherit the earth.
- Don’t be anxious-get rid of that distress by giving that care over to the Lord. Cast it upon Him because He cares for you and He is able to handle it far better than you.
- Pray and give thanks- turn everything over to the Lord. He loves when you’re dependent upon Him. When you don’t know what to do, ask Him…He always has the answer and He has wisdom that He wants to give to you liberally. What’s so hard about asking the Lord for help and guidance? Release that pride! He avails Himself and never leaves us as orphans. There is a peace and protection that comes from simply flowing with His order.
- Alter your thinking- think on that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. Think on the Lord and He’ll always be with you!
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.8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.