WEEK 8, DAY 1
Silence and stillness before God (2 Min)
Read Philippians 4:2-23
How not to be stressed out, Step 1
Rejoice? Have you ever seen two friends in conflict? When people I love are in conflict, I would call it many things, but joy is not one of them. Yet, right here in the middle of the conflict between Euodia and Syntyche, Paul is talking about rejoicing. Always rejoice.
Paul is giving us the first secret of how to handle stress. When we rejoice we remember that our joy, our real joy, doesn’t come from our circumstances, but from a much deeper place. When we anchor our joy in lesser things like success, reputation or everybody getting along, we are certain to be stressed out. But our joy is remembering that the Lord is in control and works all things for the good of those who love Him. When I rejoice, it allows me to take my eyes off of myself and my circumstances and put them on Jesus, who is greater than all my struggles. It’s amazing how that kind of rejoicing makes us gentle (epieikēs). That Greek word means gentle, reasonable or fair in modern day language Rejoicing has the ability to transform us.
What is stressing you out?
What do you have to rejoice about?
How can your family, discipleship group or community rejoice together?
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