Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. (Phillippians 4:4-7)
The peace of God comes, as we recognize that Jesus of Nazareth is close to us, for He desires to reassure us with His strength, comfort us in our troubles, and secure us whenever our heart is troubled.
His presence causes us to rejoice, as we go through any trial, and to take pleasure in Him, as we face any circumstance, because we realize that He is able to help anyone who calls upon His name.
As a result of His compassion, we can allow His great grace, gentle care, undeserved mercy, exceptional tolerance, and enduring patience to be shown to us, and through us, as He makes it known to all people.
With the Lord Jesus being near, we can know that our anxiety or worry doesn’t have to get the best of us. Rather, we can take time to talk with Him, by sharing our concerns, and being thankful that He hears our prayers.
His promise to believers is that His peace is with Him, and He leaves it with us, knowing that it goes beyond our own understanding, to guard our hearts and our minds, and to help us to stay connected to Him.
With this great promise in mind, we can gladly surrender our anxiety, and trade in our worry, for His peace that
As I share my cares and concerns with you, help me to know that I am loved, and that you are intimately acquainted with all of my ways. May your peace safeguard my heart and my mind, and release me from all my fears, as we spend this time together. Thank you, Lord Jesus, Amen.