We talked yesterday about the divisions that were destroying the church at Corinth. Now, we see another division hurting the church at Philippi. Paul gets right to the heart of the matter by calling out two ladies who clearly knew better but allowed bitterness and anger to rule their relationship. Paul then provides a practical reminder for the day ahead. He tells us to "rejoice in the Lord always." That sounds so beautiful yet it might be one of the hardest commands we find in Scripture. We rejoice in the good times but struggle to find a reason to rejoice in the difficult ones. He continues by telling us to "be anxious for nothing" or as some translations say, "do not worry." We have been taught that worry equates to care, but Paul tells us under the inspiration of the Spirit that prayer equates to care. When we pray, we are not only invoking the power of Almighty God to enter the equation, but we are also walking by faith and not by sight. Jesus told us that faith as tiny as a grain of a mustard seed could move mountains, so what would your life look like if you were "anxious for nothing?" Paul then reminds his readers of God's response to our faith when he says, "and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Are you living in God's peace even when it seems that your world is falling apart? Can you trust Him enough to pray instead of worry? This is the life of faith that God has called us to live.

Help me, Lord, to walk by faith when hardships and difficulties enter my life by praying instead of worrying. Help me to strive for unity in every relationship and to enjoy Your perfect peace throughout this beautiful day!