The Peace of God-Philippians 4:4-9

Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 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. 9 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.”

Filippesi 4:4-9 “Rallegratevi sempre nel Signore. Ripeto: rallegratevi. 5 La vostra mansuetudine sia nota a tutti gli uomini. Il Signore è vicino. 6 Non angustiatevi di nulla, ma in ogni cosa fate conoscere le vostre richieste a Dio in preghiere e suppliche, accompagnate da ringraziamenti. 7 E la pace di Dio, che supera ogni intelligenza, custodirà i vostri cuori e i vostri pensieri in Cristo Gesù. 8 Quindi, fratelli, tutte le cose vere, tutte le cose onorevoli, tutte le cose giuste, tutte le cose pure, tutte le cose amabili, tutte le cose di buona fama, quelle in cui è qualche virtù e qualche lode, siano oggetto dei vostri pensieri. 9 Le cose che avete imparate, ricevute, udite da me e viste in me, fatele; e il Dio della pace sarà con voi.”

     There are two phrases in this section of the Scriptures that should be the heartfelt desire for each one of us: “the peace of God” in verse 7 and then “the God of peace” in verse 9. What is the difference? This was written to give us two points about the peace of God. The first one describes how we receive it and the second one describes how we keep it.

The pressures of life will always pose a threat to the spiritual stability of the believer. While it is true that disappointments occur for everyone, if we delight or rejoice in the Lord we can be assured that God is always near through the trials of life. Our anxiety should be replaced by prayer and thanksgiving for His presence; then the understanding of peace of mind and heart will follow.

The God of peace is the application. It can be summed up by one two words: be honorable! These six injunctions will keep us focused on Him because all of these are attributes of God. When we practice these qualities in our lives by being truthful and noble (worthy of respect), right according to God’s Word, pure (not syncretistic), lovely and admirable (where others will see the virtues of love and admire it), then the God of peace will keep us through the anxious moments of our lives.

Pray with me: Lord, today I admit that I sometimes find it hard to rejoice when the stress of life weighs me down. Help me to retrain my mind to delight in Your peace and presence and to trust the God of peace to help me stay focused on living a blameless life before all.

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