Thursday, December 17, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Proclamation of Joy
Philippians 4:4-9

  
Titus Mathew

St. Johns MTC NY

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
 

We often start our days with negative thoughts of what we lack, or what we wish we had? In this Bible passage Paul is emphasizing the importance of finding joy in the Lord. Rather than being unhappy with our lives, we should find joy in all the blessings the Lord has showered upon us. Joy is a sign of happiness and contentment  from within. We can start by being comfortable with our own self and being glad for each and every  blessing God has provided for us.  The first step to finding joy is to change our attitude. 

 
Often times our attitude is what defines us. How others view us and the input we provide to our relationships is very important. Many times at work, school or even at home we find that arguments or situations arise in which we act defensive or even attack others. Rather than finding fault with others, seek their good characteristics. This attitude of peace and gentleness will resonate to others around you and be encouraging to them.
 

Finding that inner peace and gentleness begins with prayer. As Christians we are taught to find comfort and reassurance through prayer. The reason being that prayer is an expression of our trust in God. Despite the trials and tribulations we endure, rather than putting our faith in worldly things, we need to look to God Almighty for answers. We all live busy lives and finding time to have a wholehearted prayer seems difficult.  The power of prayer and trust in God can be seen in many circumstances in our lives; therefore we should continue to strive to prioritize our prayers. 
 

Prayer provides healing, strength and confidence to those who are feeble. Amidst conflict and troubles, seeking purity, love and honesty will sustain us.  There is always a guiding light at the end of the tunnel. Rather than having negative thoughts that cloud our mind and judgement, we need to determine to keep our thoughts pure. 

 
Lastly Paul asks for the most difficult Christian obligation we have. Meditating and conversing on these words are simple, yet the hardest challenge we face is practicing what we have heard. Be joyful, be gentle, meditate and be thoughtful. As Marthomites it’s our duty to pass on the torch of the ministry that was passed to us. How can we better ourselves so that we may shine bright enough to ignite others around us?

PRAYER

“Lord God Almighty,  allow us to have Your  peace and let Your joy rule our hearts. Allow us to meditate and do Your will and have an attitude that is well pleasing to You. Help us not to be distracted  by the anxiety of worldly matters but be immersed in  the comfort of Thy love.” Amen. 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ― Mother Teresa