Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Read: Philippians 4:4-7
"Cheer up! Look at the brighter side!"
How easy it is for us to say these words to someone who is going through tough times? Do we also tell these same words to our self when we are the one who is going through hardships?
Most of the time, our tendency when having hard times is to dwell on the circumstance and magnify it. When our mind is too clouded with our problems in our family, our issues with our finances, our struggles with work, or our pain because of illness, we focus on what we are feeling and experiencing. How easy it is to be like Paul and say, "Rejoice in the Lord always" when we are facing the reality of life's storms?
Paul is not just giving a prescription out of the blue. He himself went through different trials and persecution, he actually wrote the epistle to Philippians while he is imprisoned. He can give encouragement to the Philippians even though it seems like he is the one who needs it because of his situation. Paul learned to have high spirits, to be content, to always praise God, and to have peace in his heart and mind because his eyes are not focused on what is seen but on what is unseen. He can rejoice because he knows what lies ahead of him.
We can cheer up because the Lord is near.
Step 1: Put on a “Smile” (and if appropriate take a step back) and say to yourself: “Jesus, I need you.” (Diffuses tension, relaxes the jaw, open to change)
Step 2: Breathe In and Breathe out slowly: calms your mind, relaxes your body and renews your spirit. Gives time for the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, words, and actions. Disengage from the situation when appropriate. “Jesus, I trust you.”
Step 3: Love: wrap you and the person(s) or situation in the white light of love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and peace. Pray for those who persecute you. “Jesus I love you.”
As Jesus is all and in all, we have been given the mandate to love one another.
Jesus Christ is the game changer…Jesus, I need you, trust you and love you.
Unite all in Love for God is Love!