January 30, 2012
One of the verses I often go back to when my mind takes me to dark places where it's sinful to be is Philippians 4:8:
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
For whatever reason, I had never connected 4:8 with the verse immediately before it, 4:7:
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
This peace described in verse 7 is exactly what we were privileged to experience while in the hospital with Malachi--a peace that guarded both our hearts and minds...
So then I started looking at some more of that chapter and found in 4:9:
"What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
We were blessed to experience first-hand this peace during very trying times. We know it exists because we have felt it. Now we are charged to give testimony to it because we have received it.
Not only can we testify to the peace we had during that time, but God says if we continue in right thinking, He will give us that same peace again!
"You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts You."