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4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
This scripture is full of encouragement, especially for dealing with difficult circumstances that we can face. We have promises here, that we can trust the Lord to answer our prayers in all situations and need not be anxious. Furthermore, He gives us peace, and He guards our hearts and our minds. In addition to these wonderful assurances, He tells us how to guard our own thoughts by choosing to think of the truth, the right and pure. I am grateful for this scripture. I read it daily for months when I faced a discouraging trial. It fed me.