Philippians 4:4-7 – 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.
God is close to us. He gives us peace to guard our minds. We can’t will such peace; it is beyond our control and transcends our understanding. It is God’s gift to us. He cares about every prayer request, and wants us to joyfully ask Him for anything, with grateful hearts. He answers our requests with peace. He is our Prince of Peace. He guards our minds in Christ; we cannot be shaken from our peaceful position in Christ. We do not need to be anxious, ungrateful or lacking joy for anything. The Lord is near to us, and He brings everlasting peace. Ask Him.
“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.” Philippians 4:8-9
God desires our pure, lovely and truthful thoughts to mirror our actions. He wants the goodness of His truth in our mind to be put into practice by doing good works for Him. Scripture tells us to dwell on what is noble and admirable, practicing obedience to His Word. He promises us peace when we practice good, pure, praisewoethy thoughts that are aligned with Christ, who is the truth. When our lives reflect the goodness of God, we experience His all-surpassing peace. May we claim God’s promise of His peace by practicing lives of pure excellence and goodness in thought and action. By our blessed obedience to His Word, thinking and acting on the truth found in Jesus Christ, we have everlasting peace from God!