Intentional by Grace, in their reading challenge, chose a book from the New Testament as one of their challenge categories. She said that one of her goals was to encourage us to read the Bible as part of the challenge. I chose the book of Philippians...
One thing that stands out to me about Philippians is its tone. It's a warm, encouraging letter to Paul's dear friends from a church who befriended him and helped support his ministry. He seems to have heard about some conflict or difficulty there and is writing to help.
"Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. 6 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. 7 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]." - Philippians 4
There are several messages in this passage from the Amplified Bible that are encouraging to me. Be good to each other and to everyone. God's with you, so pray about everything you need, and that way, you won't worry or struggle with anxiety so much. In fact, you'll feel a reassuring peace that will stand guard to protect your feelings.
He seems to be saying that having a relationship with God - and trusting Him to take care of you - can protect you from worry and anxiety. Talking everything over with Him will calm and reassure you.
This is a message I need to hear over and over again. I find it difficult to have that kind of trust. But I'm working on it.
What stands out most to you about this verse or passage?
See you next time!
P.S. If you'd like a good study guide for Philippians, to use during your morning quiet time or in your Bible study, this guide will help you really dive in...