"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is near." 

Philippians 4:4-5 

THOUGHT: Because of the closeness of the Lord, we can rejoice and treat others with kindness. He is close because he lives in us through his Spirit. He is close because his life is imminent. He is close because when we gather other believers, serve others in need, or share the Gospel with friends and people from other cultures, He has promised to be with us. There is nothing more contagious than a cheerful and kind person. Because Jesus lives in us, works through us and is coming to us, we can be joyful and gentle!

Prayer: Father, I am so happy to know that I will never be alone. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus to join me when I'm gathered with other Christians, when I serve others in Jesus' name, and when I share the Gospel. Please let the lasting joy I feel because of your presence be evident in the way I live and the way I serve others. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen.