Philipians 2:2 AMP
“Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.”
The Latin root word for resilience is to leap back. Philippians is referred to as the happiest book that Paul ever wrote. If you understand the history of Paul’s life you will know that he had many encounters with persecution, abuse, and rejection. In all of this they were not the defining things that formed his person. Paul is joyous and is soundly established in his relationships. He talks about what happens in harmony with other believers. As you read Philippians, you see this marvelous resilience in the Apostle Paul. I want to remind you that scars may remind us of where we have been, but they do not have the power to dictate where we are going. Paul makes it clear in the book of Philippians that resilient Christians keep their focus on Christ. He also makes it clear that resilient Christians trust in the Lord, and finally that resilient Christians remember what God has said.
All of this leads to emotional health, the ability to be responsible for our feelings. Resilience strengthens the desire to let the past mistakes go. Forsaking perfectionism is another quality of a resilient Christian. Laugh at yourself; give yourself permission to enjoy life. Someone once said developing an attitude of gratitude. Healthy relationships that come from resilience make close connections. People who are in healthy relationship develop networks. They realize they are not doing it alone. Healthy relationships also give us the ability to communicate in healthy ways. Often people will cut relationships off and I realize sometimes that is necessary, but there is also something to be said for repairing damaged relationships. Healthy relationships develop mutual values. Within the development of healthy relationships we learn to give and receive. We are flexible, tolerate, and open and always have a heart to learn to love.
The need of this hour has always been for resilience to be a real part of our lives. As a church we have to bounce back from many circumstances. As individuals within this church we also are people who have come back. May the heart of resilience and the desire to celebrate resilience through Jesus Christ always be with you.