PHILIPPIANS 4: 4 - 7
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JESUS CHRIST said, "Do not worry about your life, what you will
eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will
put on it" (Matthew 6: 25).
Did you come here needing to hear that?
In our label conscious society with a brand name mentality, and
a body beautiful complex, worry haunts many.
Before this prohibition against worry comes a positive appeal:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!" (4). Always?
Always! In spite of annoyances, disagreements, persecution --
rejoice. This comes from the pen of a man who described himself
as "grieved but always glad" (II Cor. 6: 10).
If you think the challenge to "rejoice always" is difficult,
note what comes next: "Let your gentleness be known to all men"
(Vs. 5). This is no characteristic of weakness. It speaks of
character that controls our capacity for rage and activates our
capacity to love. Such is strength at its best.
The word translated "gentleness" was the word used to describe a
Roman soldier. That doesn't evoke the image of a
panty-waist/pimple-faced weakling. It meant one under authority.
It speaks of one who knows his strengths and weaknesses and how
to keep both under control.
The word also speaks of the way we treat others. Albert
Schweitzer was asked to name the greatest person in the
world.Schweitzer said, "No one can properly determine the
greatest person in the world. The greatest person ... is some
unknown person who at this v ...
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