Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 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. 9 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.
(Philippians 4:4–9, NIV)
Even during a time that may seem difficult or even impossible to find something for which to be grateful … rejoice!
What are the reasons you most often think of for rejoicing? How do the things you think of compare to life as you know it right now?
How do you see gentleness and rejoicing as related to one another? How does the Lord’s presence help this comparison make sense?
How does prayer help you find reason to rejoice?