Exhortations by Carolyn Steele
Philippians 4:49 NIV
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 everything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks giving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.
Do I sometimes feel upset at a situation when I read these verses and circumstances seem to be going the opposite? These verses are so fine and pure
and what is going on around me is so impure and not noble - not lovely - wrong and unrighteous. Don’t be anxious about: anything? I know the Lord is near. Why is there such a mess? Where is the peace? I don't feel the peace or the thanksgiving. What is wrong? I have to give the situation to the Lord Jesus. I do not understand: Life can be frustrating.
What can I do???
What a minute - did I just take this whole situation into my own hands? Yes I did. Forgive me Christ. I can't do this without a talk with my Savior who did so much for me and take some time to read His word. Did I take the time to "ask" Jesus what I should do with this unfortunate situation that occurred? Well, no! He can change things around.Each time is different, but I need to ask Him.
And now -I need to remember to strive to be true, right, pure, lovely, and admirable - only with His strength. The God of peace is with us. When Jesus Christ is your personal Savior, you have assurance of life with Him forever. Heaven will be what we look forward to together. See you now and there tool!
Lord Jesus, thank you for your love that covers us with peace forever. Amen.