When I'm tempted to worry, I think about the first part of Philippians 4:6: "do not be anxious about anything," but rarely do I think about these words in their proper context. Philippians 4:4-9 provides practical steps and comforting encouragement on how to grasp the peace of God given by our God of peace. I will leave further explanation to the apostle Paul since he says it best:
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
Philippians 4:4-9 (ESV)
The Lord is at hand dear friends; let us rejoice!
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Philippians 4:23 (ESV)