Rejoice in the Lord
Week beginning: 14th January, 2018 | By Mark Cawson | Manchester
Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV)
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
When caught up with all the worries and concerns thrown up by our busy and challenging practices, it is easy to forget that God is a sovereign living God in whom we can place our trust – even in difficult times. It is also easy to find ourselves drawn into situations where we are tempted to act unreasonably or egocentrically towards others.
In this passage Paul encourages us not to be anxious, but by prayer and supplication to entrust our anxieties and concerns to the hands of a loving heavenly Father, whose peace will guard our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.
Paul calls upon us, in all that we do, to "Rejoice in the Lord". This ought to govern the way that we conduct our practices and our lives as a whole, and involves us letting our "reasonableness" (or in some translations, our "moderation" or "gentleness"), be manifest, i.e. we should do what is best for others and not just ourselves, and be seen to do so. In this way we can share in the peace of God that passes all understanding.
1. We pray that in all that we do in our work as lawyers, and in all other aspects of our lives, we might rejoice in the Lord at all times, and by prayer and supplication entrust our anxieties and concerns to the hands of our loving heavenly Father, and thereby enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding.
2. We pray that our reasonableness might be manifest in all that we do as lawyers, and in all other aspects of our lives, and that all that we do might be in furtherance of God's peace and glory.