v5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Let’s take a moment to remember that Philippians 4:4-9 is a road-map to the peace OF GOD WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING.
We talked about joyfulness and rejoicing. That may seem impossible these days. But not with God, when our trust in in him. HE CAN DO IT!
Gentleness is a sensitivity in our disposition (our inherent qualities, in the way we think, and of our character) and kindness of behaviour, founded on strength and prompted by love. The proverbs say: gentle words are a tree of life. What we say and do is a reflection of our nature. The reality is that who we are is evident to all. Would we rather be known for our gentleness our for impatience, anger, un-forgiveness, bitterness and resentment? When we are gentle people like being around us.
When we look at the life of Jesus we see a man who was gentle. Despite his incredible knowledge, despite his incredible power, despite his incredible authority and mastery over wind, waves, sickness and people, he was gentle, and humble in heart. When we are gentle, it reflects the nature of Jesus.
We live in days where our inherent qualities will be tested, where our faith will be tested, where our gentleness will be tested. I have used the illustration so many times now; when you squeeze a tube of toothpaste, what is inside will come out. It’s the same with us–when the squeeze is on, who were are is revealed. But it is also a time where we can allow God to develop character within us.
We see that gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit of God. We read in Galatians that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
We need to seek God, daily, to be filled with His Spirit, daily, to be exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, daily. Let us continue to feed our faith.
Philippians 4:5; Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 11:28-30, Proverbs 15:4