Philippians 4:1

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Do I rely on God’s peace in times of emotional turmoil?

The Heavenly Father has provided each child of God with a tremendous gift to help “guard” our emotions. It’s called “the peace of God.” Sometimes knowledge and understanding of a difficult situation aren’t enough for us. Some things are beyond our ability to comprehend. In these times, we can pray to God and call upon his peace that will guard our hearts and minds like a military force.

In biblical times, when a city was in danger of attack the military guards performed two functions. In addition to keeping the enemy from entering the city, they also kept the city’s residents from fleeing in the time distress. Not only do I need God’s peace to guard wrong feelings and emotions from entering my heart and mind, but I also need his peace to keep me from abandoning what I already know is true and right.

When we are under emotional siege, we need to “stand firm in the Lord” and not abandon the peace and power of God’s truth. On those occasions, we must continue to seek God in prayer and his inexplicable peace will watch and guard our hearts and minds.


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