4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation (gentle spirit) be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
A grand verse of comfort:
Rejoice in the Lord! – be grateful and joyfully acknowledge the blessings that you have in Christ.
Let your gentle spirit be known – you should demonstrate gentleness, yielding, patience, self-control, tolerance, leniency, and generosity. This is the opposite of being contentious and self-seeking. Not spineless, but selfless.
The Lord is at hand – the return of Christ is imminent! I also believe this speaks to our closeness with God and that he is with us always.
Be anxious for nothing – anxiety is a natural, fruitless feeling. We worry about what might happen, and Satan uses it to take the joy out of our lives. God gives us the power to deal with anything, and the knowledge that all things are in his hands gives us comfort, and anxiety evaporates if we trust in him.
Let your requests be made known to God – Gratefully ask God for what you need. Take everything to the Lord. Pray about everything, worry about nothing.
The peace of God – This is peace from God, the removal of anxiety, and the tranquility that comes from being a beloved child of God. This is one of the most impactful benefits we experience as Christians! Salvation and a relationship with God are not only beneficial after this life but provide for a joyful and abundant life now.
Shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus – Guarding our affections and thoughts to stay in step with Christ. To avoid the snares of Satan and the entanglements of sin. We are to focus on the good things that are:
- True – valid and reliable
- Honorable – worthy of respect
- Just – things that are correct, moral, and righteous
- Pure – clean and moral purity
- Lovely – amiable, agreeable, pleasing
- Good report – praiseworthy, measuring up to the highest standards
- Virtue – the character of moral excellence, righteousness
- Praise – worthy of worship and glorification. Praiseworthy