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Our God is in an amazing mood. We must celebrate that all day long, every single day.

Jesus, the Messiah, and our Master, challenges us to love. We should work for people and not against them. It is probably a great question to ask ourselves, is it clear to the other person I am on their side? Is it clear to me that I am on their side? Is my love being demonstrated practically?

Our message to all we meet should be good news. We are a people of love, compassion, hope, generosity, and forgiveness.

Be rejoicing in the Lord always. Again I’ll say, be rejoicing. Your mild-manneredness is to be known to all human beings. The Master [is] near. Don’t be worrying about anything. Instead, your requests are to be made known to God in every [circumstance] by means of prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. And God’s peace, which surpasses all thinking, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in the Messiah Jesus.[1]

Source: Philippians 4:4-7 (Literal Translation)

“Be rejoicing in the Lord.” Here, the addition of “always” prepares for the prohibition. This is a huge challenge laid out for us. Paul knows what he is talking about. Rejoicing should define our prayer life.

“Don’t be worrying about anything.” For constant joy drives out every worry. The repetition of “be rejoicing” and its emphatic introduction by “Again I’ll say” reinforce this preparatory command.

“Mild-manneredness” is a natural concomitant of joy. So, Paul commands it too or, more particularly, that it “is to be known to all human beings,” which way of putting the command prepares for the command that “your requests are to be made known to God.” Thus, the testimony of joyful mild-manneredness to all human beings is matched, and even made possible, by the directing of requests to God.

“The Master [is] near.” For if Jesus’ return is near, Christians can afford to be mild-mannered even to their enemies; and they needn’t worry about anything. This suggested attitude defines a lot in our life as a disciple.

“By means of prayer” tells how the requests are to be made known to God. Frequently we hear that others are struggling with their prayer life. Paul lays it out clearly. We are to rejoice and be thankful. We are to make our requests known to God. It is not complicated.

“And supplication” defines the prayer as petitionary. Supplication here means pleading or a request.

“With thanksgiving” requires that thanks for what God has already supplied accompany the supplication.

As a result, “God’s peace”—that is, the blessings of salvation now and yet to come—“will guard your hearts and your thoughts”—that is, will keep you from heartbreak and neurosis. “Which surpasses all thinking” describes God’s peace as so unimaginably good that it has this effect.

And “in the Messiah Jesus” locates God’s peace where believers themselves are located. So they enjoy it naturally.


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[1] Gundry, R. H. (2010). Literal Translation (p. 794). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.