Everything that happens to you in life requires a response. It can be positive, or it can be negative. The choice is up to you. But because the way you respond to things going on around you affects how others view you. As a believer you should always want to follow what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:4-5, English Standard Version. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. He told the church at Philippi to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.” Why was Paul able to make that suggestion? Because of those last five words: “The Lord is at hand.” Paul knew if the Lord was present, then He was more than able to handle whatever situation or circumstance the people at Philippi faced. In fact, in verses 6-7 he told them: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down” (The Message). There’s no getting around it; we will always face certain troubles; many of which are designed to separate us from God—to cause us to lose faith and begin to doubt His faithfulness. The truth is, we cannot conquer what we are not willing to confront. So, the question becomes: How will we respond? Romans 8:35, New International Version, asks: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Then, in verse 37, Paul answers the question with what should be the response of every believer: “None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way Jesus our Master has embraced us” (The Message). That’s not only the best response—it’s the only correct response!

 

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