Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:4-5 NKJV
To rejoice can mean a few different things. Strong’s dictionary says it can mean “a cause for celebration”, or “to exalt” or “to cheer or to gladden”, “to make merry”, and “to boast in God’s glory.” I think I prefer the last definition. To me rejoicing is all about what God has done, who God is and how God loves us.
Paul is encouraging the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord always. First Thessalonians 5:18 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Paul goes on to say “Let your gentleness be known to all men.” Gentleness in today’s world is not a character trait you find must these days. But what a wonderful character trait it is.
Jesus was gentle and humble. You never find Jesus forcing himself on anyone in the Bible. No. He was gentle. He didn’t push his way on anyone. He gave everyone equal opportunity to know the truth. He was gentle.
How about you? Are you gentle in your dealings with others?
Our gentleness comes from Christ Himself, dwelling in us. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” God is near, so near He’s in us. We can never find a place where God’s love doesn’t reach. The Lord is at hand that is cause for celebration.
Father God Above, thank you for your gentleness. Thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit to enable us to be gentle in our dealings. Teach us to rejoice in all we have in You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.