Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5)

Being reasonable has to do with learning and practicing self-control, which is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). It means remaining stable, keeping your balance and being at ease. It involves controlling your thoughts and actions.

I have witnessed people who go to pieces when they face times of difficulties and troubles. They actually dissolve into uselessness. They loose control of this emotions. Some become angry and bitter and they become totally unreasonable.

In seeking to define the Greek word used in the text, one commentator wrote, “There is not a single word in the English language that fully expresses the meaning in the original.” A combination of the following words helps us move toward an understanding of the word — forbearance, yieldedness, kindness, gentleness, sweet reasonableness, considerateness, charitableness, mildness, and generosity.

Reasonableness has to do with the way we respond to crises and uncertainties. It means not being reactive but being thoughtful before we act. Then we can be proactive rather than reactive. Reasonableness enables us to act with a divine perspective in mind. Being reasonable helps us overcome anxiety.

The great truth that helps us respond to difficult and uncertain situations is this fact — “The Lord is near.” We are never alone for the Lord is near. When we realize this fact, we can be reasonable in our thoughts and actions. Jesus is with us and we have nothing to fear!

O Holy Spirit, may I yield more and more to Your presence in my life. May Your fruit permeate my mind and heart. Give me the ability to be self-controlled, to be reasonable even when I’m facing the uncertainties of life. I know that Jesus is near me and that I have nothing to be anxious about.


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