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Philippians 4: 4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. 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.

Reflection

Ironically, this passage about joy was written by Paul from prison around A.D. 61. What an example! No circumstance or worldly challenge could take Paul’s joy because in the end he knew that Jesus was with him no matter what. Paul encourages us to not worry about anything but to pray. He also tells us not to put too much weight on our circumstances but to focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praise worthy.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the good and bad circumstances you allow in our lives. Help us to not only acknowledge these circumstances, but also help us to always have an eternal perspective and know that you are the source of true joy. Amen.

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