Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Recently, a dear friend of mine has been challenging me with questions that shake the very foundation of our belief and I in my desire to prove my point wanted to counter rock for rock albeit in a friendly manner. His questions seemed harsh, his arguments sound and his conviction clearly evident in his unbelief and I kept seeking wisdom from the Lord to respond and all I got was calm and quiet. How can Paul encourage us to rejoice always in the face of opposition, challenges and difficulties? Could he not have encouraged us to be hopeful in trying times and rejoicing in good ones?

When we examine the life of Christ here on earth, his every moment seemed filled with challenges. He was born from a virgin which is a hotly debated subject, he was born poor which is unlike any king, his father was a poor carpenter, he did not have any fancy education and was from a lowly town, he grew up in the face of opposition from his own people and finally died by their own hands. Through all the challenges, his strength was his faith in God the Father and his only desire was to accomplish his father’s will. When I wanted to counter each question, the only thought that came to mind was to respond in gentleness and not try to make sense of God to man but instead just direct man to God. I do know that it was God who reached my wicked soul and not man and so I pray for my dear friend that he will find his answers in God alone. Are you anxious about anything, are you challenged? I urge you to look at the cross and find hope in Christ who overcame this world for you. Lets rejoice in Jesus daily!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
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  1. Hi Vineet! I love that verse . . .to rejoice always. Sometimes when I don’t know what to do, well, there I go . . .rejoice! I have been in that place of hard questioning and opposition. I so smile at your gentle response. I think that will get their attention more than anything, get them wondering about this Jesus that can make us calm, no matter what. 🙂 God bless you and your love for Him! deb p.s. really like the new look here!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie, I was quite surprised by God’s silence and it took me a bit to realize God did not want me to react to my friends words, harsh though they were. Jesus was taunted and tested and yet He refused to fall prey to those taunts and in that He spoke louder than with words. Being gentle is something I find hard to do but in God’s time, I know I will learn. Thanks for the comment on the new look. I cannot resist trying out the new themes wordpress keeps highlighting and therefore the trial and error 😉 Blessings, Vineet

  2. Rani John says:

    Thank you Vineet for this beautiful post…Rejoicing in God and that too, at all times is sometimes the most difficult thing to do…let me correct it…I think the hardest thing to do…But through trials and challenges, God is prefecting us to rejoice in HIM…And I have to say that it has become a little bit more easier than few months back..And that is possible only with His grace..

    I pray that God will give you the wisdom to handle the questions and oppositions about our faith and your friend will be directed to God..the author and finisher of our faith.

    God Bless,
    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani, You were kind enough to encourage me when this friend commented on the blog months back and I appreciate your kind words and prayers. I see myself in this friend because I once ridiculed and belittled our faith when I was blind and therefore I feel his pain. Praise God for these situations in our lives when we can praise Him regardless because God certainly will ensure that every knee will bow one day in honor of Him. Blessings, Vineet

  3. Vineet, I too have those in my life who cling to their unbelief and are unwilling to hear God. I have all but lost one good, long-time friend as a result. I always tried to be gentle, but she said I “offended” her because I did not accept what she believes. And yet I continue to pray for her, and rejoice in knowing God is in control. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda, Thanks for the encouragement and I have heard the part about offending a friend before. Few weeks back, I was thrilled to hear that this same friend was baptized and shared her testimony with me. This is years after she said that she was offended by my disrespect to her deities. Our God is an awesome God indeed!! Vineet

      • Vineet, This is an encouragement to me. It gives me hope for my friend as well and strength to keep praying for her. Last night I was reading through Proverbs 9 and came across a few verses that reminded me of this post.

        7 “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
        whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.

        8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
        rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

        9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
        teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

        Peace, Linda

        • ServantBoy says:

          Linda, Thank you for encouraging me with those verses from Proverbs. Is it not amazing how God speaks to us through His word with words of assurance that are perfectly comforting? I shall certainly keep these verses on my mental desktop to reflect on whenever I face opposition or when I am faced with disciplining someone. I shall also be praying for your friend that God will lead her to his well of life. Blessings, Vineet

  4. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    So many great points here, sometimes we want God to win something victoriously with trumpets, etc, but He chooses the quiet path. Submission even when we dont understand can be hard.
    God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim, Thanks for the encouragement. I often think like the man in me and want justice in human terms when people around me offend me or anything to do with me. However God operates on a different set of rules and has a much higher standard which necessitates us losing our principles and operating procedures for God’s. Blessings, Vineet

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