Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Verse before....



We are pretty well versed in the standard  Philippians 4:6, aren’t we?  You know it is one of those oft quoted Bible verses that people tell you when your life is falling apart (trust me, I am becoming an expert on those…not that I don’t appreciate them, it is just sometimes I guess the translation gets lost in the pain.)  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ”~Philippians 4:5  I am to the point that I feel really bad but in my head when loving, well intentioned people tell me these wonderful things something happens and all I hear is yadda, yadda, yadda.  Yes, I may be struck dead immediately for admitting that so you might want to move a few seats away.  

 Today, though, when I thought about that verse I stopped and looked it up and was more struck by the verse that comes before it: Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”~Philippians 4:5.  I don’t think I have ever read it, heard it preached on or discussed at all for that matter.  Maybe I did, but I was making grocery lists in my head and missed it???  Who knows? But today that verse is the one that gave me peace.  I want to be gentle.  I want to be known as one who is gentle.  I want my Lord to know me as gentle and kind and good.  When people meet me, I want them to go away with a feeling of peace from our interaction.  I want to love like Christ loved, freely, openly, with no pretense or agenda other than to bring others to knowledge of a loving, forgiving God.  I want my Lord to be near and I want Him to know my gentleness. 

Even in the midst of this pain I want a gentle spirit.  I want that to be what people know about me…

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
~John 15:13

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4 comments:

Anne N. said...

I first read your blog YEARS ago. I recently rediscovered it and read about the changes in your life. Please know that I am praying for you. You are very inspiring, and I aboslutely loved today's post.

Anne N. said...

I first read your blog YEARS ago. I recently rediscovered it and read about the changes in your life. Please know that I am praying for you. You are very inspiring, and I aboslutely loved today's post.

Sues said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!!! I've never pondered that verse, either.
YES! I *do* hope I give peace to those I encounter. ♥

Ruth said...

I have never thought of that verse either. It is a wonderful one to ponder.