Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Peace That Passes Understanding

Philippians 4:4-9
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."

My Bible has a little study guide underneath the text, and it says about vs 7 ("the peace of God... will guard ...") : "Paul's choice of a military term implies that the mind is in a battle zone and needs to be "protected by a military guard". Since the purpose of such a guard in a wartime situation is either to prevent a hostile invasion or to keep the inhabitants of a besieged city from escaping, the peace of God operates in the same way : to protect the mind from external corrupting influences and to keep it focused on God's truth."

I have more to write on this, but need to tend to dinner and will post my thoughts later. :)

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