5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Phi 4:5-7 (NKJV)
Here are many guidelines for our life in Christ whose voice flows through Paul to the Philippians and onward to us. Blessed is the Word of God Who is eternal. For His breathed text will stand the test of time and will be our foundation, our guidance, and our wisdom. It is personified in Jesus Christ, the true Word.
- Be gentle
- Be not anxious
- Be prayerful
- Search God with your questions
- Be thankful
This is how we live today. The world is confounded by the presence of the Living God because the world is in loathsome darkness. We are the saints that reflect and emanate the true light, the Light who is Jesus. He takes away the sin of the world and listen: is a light that exposes all that is in the darkness. He is the foundation where we build our lives. He is the Lamb of God and by its very nature, a lamb is gentle and compliments a peaceful pastoral setting. In this peace, we are in a relationship of clarity with God. Our gentleness has a calming effect on those who see us. Is this not where we would choose to be? We can sway and swerve in a confounding world or we can take a moment of refuge in His gentleness in this pastoral setting.
Be calm and rest. Meditate on the Lord and see how He leads today. He is inspiring and in this inspiration, we are joyous. Our gentleness is a sign of God’s peace in us that surpasses the cacophony of the world.
Be quiet and breathe. Call upon the Lord for He is at hand. O the magnitude of joy in His presence. There is no one like our God! No statement is truer. In His peace, there is no room for anxiety for His gentle hand is on our head and He says we are His and He loves us.
Be sincere and persevere in your relationship with God. Jesus came and we followed. He leads us to the Father and He is our heavenly Advocate. Ask God in submission, in gentleness, and in a calmness that closes the door in your mind to repetitious thoughts that invade to steal your sanctuary in the Lord.
Be in love with Jesus who will bring joy. My heart swells. I am happy.
November 4, 2011