By Nancy Virden (c)2021
Did you know the wisdom of God is therapeutic? Saint Paul wrote in a letter about some keys to knowing peace. This message was in response to an argument two women couldn’t resolve. The conflict was not only stressful for them, but to all those around too.
Here are the nuanced de-stressors Paul recommended in Philippians 4: 6-7:
Accept life on life’s terms
“Don’t worry about anything” -Paul
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” -Jesus (Matthew 6:34)
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” -Jesus (John 16:33 )
Get out of your head
“Pray about everything.” -Paul
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” (Colossians 4:2 )
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Paul ( Philippians 4:8)
“Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you…” (Hebrews 12:15)
Trust that God’s way is best
“Tell God what you need” -Paul
“We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. … Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:1,3 )
“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” -King David (Psalm 119:143)
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” -Paul (Philippians 2:3-4)
Live in Gratitude
“Thank God for all he has done.” -Paul
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” –King David (Psalm 107:1)
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” -James (James 1:17)
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” -Paul (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 )
Paul closes with the promise we all want. “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Today’s Helpful Word
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
Replace the evil years with good.
Let us, your servants, see you work again;
let our children see your glory.
And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful!
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