“The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9).
What had the Philippians observed in Paul but a response to his circumstances that was both prayerful and thoughtful. It is the practice of these things that achieved the peace of God desired by all. Peace, from a biblical perspective, isn’t the absence of war or hardship. Even the Prince of Peace, himself, experienced crucifixion. The peace God offers emerges from a relationship of intimacy; one that is nurtured by the practice of prayer and the mindful pursuit of all things virtuous.