- Rejoice in the Lord again.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
- Be gentle with everyone.
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
- Pray and ask God for your needs with Thanksgiving.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
- Think about excellent things.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
- Put into practice what good things you have learned from other mature believers.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.