Have you ever worried? Are you worrying right now?
When we worry, we misalign our hearts (mind, will, emotions, and spirit). It often looks like this: our minds are focused on the future, afraid that we cannot control it; our wills reside in the present, frustrated that our expectations are not met; our emotions are locked in the past from prior hurts; while our spirits remain hindered in our vertical connection to God. When one piece of the heart is out of alignment, the whole thing hurts. Just like a misaligned spine needs adjustment, so our hearts need to be realigned in Christ.
Worry is the problem; prayer is the solution; and peace is the result.
The Apostle Paul shared in Philippians 4:1-9 that prayer offers peace for worried hearts. Paul pleaded for peace in relationships and offered his prescription for (1) peace with God, (2) peace with others, and (3) peace within ourselves.
Paul taught: “Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends” (Philippians 4:1).
As you encounter friends and family, find joy in giving grace to all. Stand firm in the GRACE that God has given you in Christ and liberally issue God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense to everyone you encounter. You will experience God’s three dimensional peace as you practice joy in giving.