qThe Lord is at hand; 6 rdo not be anxious about anything, sbut in everything by prayer and supplication twith thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In addition to rejoicing, Paul encouraged his readers to be known for gentleness, patience, and moderation. It suggests an inner calm that is not adversely affected by the fluctuating emotions of other people and identifies one who demonstrates an understanding and peaceable spirit, when maligned or misunderstood. The above verse, and John 16:27, Colossians 3:15, cannot be fully interpreted on his meaning, mere mutual concord. The darkness and tendrils around the bottom of the image represent the reality of anxiety-causing situations. Perhaps they are counting the cost of following Jesus and are hesitating, and even now contemplating turning back. Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. How can we be anxious about nothing? 5 Let your reasonableness 1 be known to everyone . Sorry, an error was encountered while loading part of the book. I take it to mean essentially the supernatural application of Christ’s Person and Work to our specific anxiety-inducing situation. Which of us has not felt this way? 5 Let your reasonableness4 be known to everyone. Call us at 888-634-2038. Philippians 4:7, CSB: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." There was an error while trying to create your account. 9; Isa. Heavenly Father, thank You for the many epistles of Paul and the wealth of information, teachings and training that they contain. There is no anxiety that will not be quieted by a deeper mental and emotional apprehension of WHO Christ is to us and WHAT He has accomplished for us (Philippians is full of examples, 3:8-21 is especially rich with them). And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. q The Lord is at hand; 6 r do not be anxious about anything, s but in everything by prayer and supplication t with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:5-7 English Standard Version (ESV). 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Both the extended greetings at the beginning of Paul’s many epistles and the lengthy farewells at the end, give us a wealth of information on God plans and purposes for His Church and teach us much on living the Christian life, in the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Philippians 4:4; Philippians 4:5–7 4 p Rejoice in the Lord always ; again I will say , rejoice . Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Now, what exactly is the peace of God “which surpasses all understanding” and guards our hearts and minds “in Christ”? Help me to walk a walk of watchfulness, knowing that You are returning very soon – and enable me to stand fast in the evil day, to rejoice in the Lord always, to live in the light of Your presence and to let a spirit of gentleness be evident to all, with whom I come in contact – this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN. This has the appearance of being a phrase in common use among the early Christians, and as being designed to keep before their minds a lively impression of an event which ought, by its anticipation, to produce an important effect. This is part two of a three part series on Philippians 4:1-9, Finding the Peace of God. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.