Rejoice. Rejoice always! This is what the apostle Paul encourages the church to do in Philippians 4. As we look at the state of the world around us reflected in the news, as we consider impending famine, devastating conflict and the cost of living and climate crises, how can we bring ourselves to rejoice?
Yet, when Paul wrote his letter to the church in Philippi, he was not relaxing in some easy context, insensitive to how difficult life can be – he was in prison. Quite possibly, he was facing death. So, how could he be telling the church to rejoice?
‘With thanksgiving,’ Paul writes, ‘present your requests to God in every situation, so that you may find peace that comes from reminding yourselves who God is.
‘Think about the truly good things!’ he tells them. ‘Put things back into perspective! All is not lost. Do the things God has called you to do, and he will be with you.’
We, the church, today as in the time of Paul, are called to act – to be a part of God’s answer to the challenges and brokenness in our world. Not operating outside of his power, but through it, together, as part of one body on earth.
As the year draws to a close, we’d love you to join us in looking at some of those true, right, lovely and admirable things.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): a place for peace
Decades of war and violence have left physical and emotional scars in the DRC, but in a physical representation of working toward peace, guns have been turned into garden tools. Weapons that were intended for death and destruction have been remoulded into instruments for nurturing life.
Be uplifted as you watch the video.