2 Here is what I’m asking Euodia and Syntyche to do. I’m asking them to work together in the Lord. That’s because they both belong to the Lord. 3 My true companion, here is what I ask you to do. Help these women, because they have served at my side. They have worked with me to spread the good news. So have Clement and the rest of those who have worked together with me. Their names are all written in the book of life. 4 Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful! 5 Let everyone know how gentle you are. The Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him. 7 Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.
Paul gives clear instruction, rapid fire yes, but really clear instruction on how to get the peace of God active in our lives.
Rejoice – not sometimes, not occasionally abut ALWAYS!
Be gentle – so gentle that people can see it and experience it!
Don’t be anxious but with thanksgiving prayer, faith filled prayer – make your requests to God!
And by doing these things, rejoicing, being gentle and prayerful – peace will flood your soul!
I don’t always achieve this – but the more I practice these disciplines the more peaceful I am and am becoming!
Father help me to live in peace by rejoicing; being gentle and praying with thankfulness and faith!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta