Philippians 4:2–9 (NKJV)
2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.Philippians 4:2-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Paul here addresses two women in the church, encouraging them to be of the same mind. He may be referring to the mind described in the previous chapter, a mindset of hope in light of the impending coming of Christ. He then expands the call to unity and cooperation among all the believers. Paul then encourages everyone to rejoice, even repeating it for emphasis. He calls the believers to exhibit gentleness, because the Lord is near, and His return is imminent. He discourages anxiety, and encourages prayer and thanksgiving. The peace of God is beyond the understanding of humanity, and it is so very powerfully able to guard the emotions and thoughts of man. That same peace is provided to mankind by the work of Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:8-9
The next two verses are a powerful statement of the proper thoughts for the Christian mind. Think about the true, noble, just, pure, lovely things, things with a good report, virtue, and praiseworthy features. Meditation on these things, for in so doing, the peace of God will be with you. This is the result of doing what they were taught and modeled by Paul. The two things that Paul makes clear in this passage are clear: the need for right living and right thinking. Live right by living in unity, being gentle and rejoicing at all times. Live in peace, knowing that God will watch over you. Think right by looking for all the powerfully true and righteous praiseworthy things God provides for his children. The great things God leads us to think and to do are key to a successful and blessed life in God. Think right and act right and God will take you places you will love and will bring you peace.
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