One of the most beloved and quoted Scripture verses is Philippians 4:13:
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.Philippians 4:13
This verse sends a message of strength to those who suffer in the darkness of temptation and weakness. Christians around the world reference this verse as it being a reminder of Christ’s power in helping us through our toughest of situations.
While we may rely on this verse when we are in times of need or struggle, it is not one that is only meant for those moments. It is one that is meant for every second of our lives. Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly in a struggle against temptation: two examples of these ongoing battles are laziness or gluttony. We must endlessly persist in the strength of Christ’s love, and relying on the power of Christ through Scripture reminds us of this constantly.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as strength.Saint Francis de Sales
True strength, which comes from God, allows us to serve others through gentleness. This quiet and merciful gentleness of God’s overwhelming strength brings us closer to one another.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
When many people read this verse, they assume that they are being called out to change the entire world. We are called to make a difference, but we often forget that an impact even in the smallest of ways is still an impact.
For example, one of the biggest seemingly small challenges we can encounter is our tendency to gossip or talk negatively about one another. To challenge ourselves in overcoming that temptation, we must rely on the strength of God within us to help us in that time of struggle.
God can give us strength in the smallest of ways. Speaking from personal experience, I am a stubborn guy who doesn’t always like asking for help. I like to achieve things on my own and gain the satisfaction of my own accomplishments. However, I have come to realize that trying to achieve things without the help of God is impossible. Yes, while we may accomplish different achievements, that continued strength and an extra push to make our achievements better can come from God alone.
We must always rely on God to grant us the grace of strength to help us in both our times of need and times of satisfaction. God’s strength, which is bestowed upon us by Him alone, is a strength everlasting.
On that note, however, we cannot treat God as a genie waiting to grant our wishes. To inherit that strength from God, you must first establish a relationship with Him. This relationship is fueled by prayer. We must pray every day, whether it be five full rosaries or just “Thank you, Jesus.” From our prayer life, we are given the strength to persevere through life.
Ultimately, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.