Monday, August 20, 2012

Heart & Mind

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  (Philippians 4:7)

The heart is emotionally fragile and the mind intellectually vulnerable in a world of complex relationships and conflicting messages. As human beings we are largely shaped by what we feel and what we think, bringing internal conflict when our feelings are trampled and our thoughts are confused. 

In addressing a conlict between two women in the Philippian church, Paul redirects their attention away from their conflict towards Christ.  His encouragement reminds them that amidst their brokenness there is a unexplainable peace that can be known and experienced by presenting the fragility and vulnerability of their humanity to God in prayer.  Prayer opens our spirit to receive an inner peace that defies human logic, giving us confidence to entrust our heart and mind to the protective custody of Christ.

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