This morning I had the opportunity to speak at our Morning Worship Experience at Beaufort Chuch of God. I recieved a call this morning asking if I would fill in due to our Pastor being ill. Talk about scrambling, well not really. A couple of weeks ago I began looking at a particular scripture that really resonated with me and I didn’t give second thougth as to what I felt God would want said.
4 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 everything, 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, 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]
There are a couple things that stood out to me, our society and culture due to all of the pressure has tremendous anxiety and really lack bringing out the best in others. The fact that we are unhappy with ourselves lead us to bring out imperfections in others. We are called to give our anxiety over to God, and to focus our thought process onto those things that are excellent or praiseworthy. Its easy to pick out those things in others that need to be changed but what about those things the other person is doing well. Lets focus on those qualities.
How does this verse effect you in your pursuit? Are there instances where you tend to allow anxiety to get the best of you, what do you need to give over to God? What advice would you give on “thinking” on the positive things within others?