4) Rejoice in the Lord always: I will say it again, Rejoice.
- To be happy or glad.
- To feel very happy or show great happiness about something.
- Make somebody happy.
- To fill somebody with happiness.
- To be most joyful.
5) Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
- Patience: tolerance, or self-control, especially in not responding to anger or someone provoking you. Gentle behavior.
- Refraining from action: the fact of deliberately not doing or saying something when you could do or say it. Hold your tongue.
- Law refraining from legal right: The fact of not exercising a legal right, especially of not insisting on payment of a debt at the due date and giving the debtor more time to pay. Lenient. Showing tolerance or mercy.
- God is watching and He is with you.
6a) In nothing be *anxious;
- Do not feel nervous: worried or afraid, especially about something that is going to happen or might happen. Feeling nervousness or agitated.
- Do not be Eager: wanting to do something very much, or in a tense or uneasy way.
- Not a care in the world.
(1 Peter 5:7-10) Cast your cares on Him, A little suffering, & He will perfect you…
6b) but in everything by prayer and *supplication
- A humble and sincere appeal to somebody who has the power to grant a request.
- A Prayer that offers thanks to God.
6c) with *thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
- An expression or an act of giving thanks.
- Public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness.
7) And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
Your world could be crashing down all around you and it’s like relaxing, laying on the beach on a warm summers day with not a care in the world & a complete calm will overtake you with no explanation, because God Himself takes control of your heart and mind while you enjoy extreme peace.
8) Finally brethren think on these things: whatsoever things are;
- True; Conformable to Fact, Genuine, Real, Faithful, Honest, Exact, Straight.
Possessing a high mind, Consistent with honor or reputation, Respected, Fair, Upright, Regarded with esteem or value.
- Just; Proper, Full, True, Upright, Honest, Principles of rectitude (strong moral integrity), Distributing Justice, Righteous, Regard to the laws of God, Conformity to divine will or founded in truth & fact, Innocent, Blameless, Without Guilt, Faithful, Impartial, Fair.
- Pure; Holy, Separate from all heterogeneous (unrelated) or extraneous (not relevant or applicable) matter, Clear, Free from moral defilement, Without Spot, Not Tarnished, Incorruptible (morally pure and uncorrupted, Free of Mistakes, or Containing no Errors), Not Adulterated by extreme Immorality or Wickedness.
- Lovely; Worth of Love, Deserving of Affection, Showing Love, Possessing qualities which may invite affection, Beautiful, Acceptable, Friendly.
- Of Good Report; Commendable, Of Value.
- Virtuous; Excellence, Strength, Moral Goodness, Power.
- Praiseworthy; Deserving of praise or applause, Commendable.
9) The things which you both learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things: and the God of peace shall be with you. (KJV)
9) Likewise, keep practicing these things: what you have learned, received, heard, and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. (ISV)
- Put into practice.
- Make it part of your life.
- Be doers and not just hearers.
- Perfect each and every quality.
- Meditate on the good you learn, receive, hear and see.
In other words…
- Spread happiness.
- Display your patience, self control & mercy.
- Don’t worry or be anxious about anything.
- Pray to God and give Him your heartfelt requests.
- Be thankful all the time and in everything.
- Then God will grant you a peace beyond explanation.
- Think only on things that are:
genuine, honest, fair, clear, loving, kind, moral, and commendable.
- Finally put all of these things into practice until it becomes part of your life,
and God will be with you.