Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-13
Here is a man in prison; yet, he could tell others to rejoice and be anxious for nothing. He gives some alternatives for anxiety in Philippians 4:6.
- In every thing pray.
- Give supplication.
- With thanksgiving make requests known unto God.
Then the servant of God promises there will be peace that passes all understanding and keeps your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.
Paul tells the Philippians and all of us what to think about when our minds are cluttered and we are anxious.
- Think about whatsoever things are true. Is Jesus true?
- Think about whatsoever things are honest. Is Jesus honest?
- Think about whatsoever things are just. Is Jesus just?
- Think about whatsoever things are pure. Is Jesus pure?
- Think about whatsoever things are lovely. Is Jesus lovely?
- Think about whatsoever things are of good report. Is Jesus of a good report?
- Is there any virtue in Jesus?
- Is there any praise in Jesus?
If you can answer "Yes" to the above questions, think on these things listed in Philippians 4:8 as they relate to Jesus.
Paul concludes his thoughts by saying he knows both how to be abased, and he knows how to abound. However, the good news is that he can do all things through Christ which strengthens him (Philippians 4:12-13).
It would be good to meditate on Philippians 4:8 during this Lenten season.
You are invited to read the Lenten lesson for Day 27.