REJOICE IN GOD ALWAYS
As usual, Paul in Philippians 4:2-9 urges us to be God-centred in our approach to conflict. Moreover, he wants us to be joyfully God-centred. Realising we may skip over this point, Paul repeats it: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” What on earth is there to rejoice about when you are involved in a dispute? If you open your eyes and think about God’s lavish goodness to you, here is the kind of worship you could offer to him, even in the midst of the worst conflict!
“O Lord, you are so amazingly good to me! You sent Your only Son to die for my sins, including those I have committed in this conflict. Because of Jesus I am forgiven, and my name is written in the Book of Life! You do not treat me as I deserve, but you are patient, kind, gentle, and forgiving with me. Please help me to do the same to others.
Finally, Lord, I rejoice that this conflict has not happened by accident. You are sovereign and good, so I know that you are working through this situation for your glory and my good.”
Prayer: Lord I thank You for the challenges in my life. Help me to cooperate with you in every possible way and give you glory for what you have done, what you are doing and what you plan for my future. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.