June 7, 2012
Philippians chapter 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It starts off saying to “Rejoice in the Lord always!”
When you come to know the Lord – you just can’t help but rejoice! His joy just bubbles over! Even in less than likable circumstances, you walk with a smile on your face – a genuine one – because you are filled with the Holy Spirit and joy is a natural fruit that is produced when your Spirit filled.
Then verse 5 says to “let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” When I realized what “gentleness” meant, I was filled with a sense of peace. I didn’t have to speak during every silence. I didn’t have to give my advise to every situation… some people just need an ear to listen. I could slow down and enjoy life. I wasn’t in a rush anymore. And I learned how to love. That is what gentleness means to me.
The next 2 verses say, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace that passes all understanding shall guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.”
Another evidence of gentleness is when my first instinct is to pray instead of give my 2 cents! Even though I think I am full of good advise, God says to bring it all to Him. And this works out great for everyone. God gets the Glory, the person struggling gets prayed for, and I’m not responsible for giving bad advise cause it’s God’s problem now. 🙂 And that does bring peace to know that God hears all our prayers and supplications!