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If I asked my family, friends, and colleagues if I were on their side, what would the answer be.
- I am not sure, and I am uncomfortable with that.
- Jesus challenges me to love and be on the side of all I meet.
- That should be clear. Is it?
Rejoice in the Master always; again, I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Master is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in the Messiah Jesus.
ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Philippians 4:4–7
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The Greek word for reasonableness is ἐπιεικής, ές: pertaining to being gracious and forbearing—‘gentle, gracious, forbearing.’ A literal translation might be “mild-mannered” In other words, we are on their side.
God’s Goal: God wants us to gentle, gracious, forbearing, and mild-mannered. So much so that all human beings should know that about us. He has given us the Holy Spirit whose fruit grows in us. Now that is some good news.
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Source: Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 748.
Frank Hubeny said:
Good point: “God wants us to gentle, gracious, forbearing, and mild-mannered. So much so that all human beings should know that about us. He has given us the Holy Spirit whose fruit grows in us.” We need the Holy Spirit to reach this goal.
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Mary (tqhousecat) said:
Good word, Michael. Jesus was a servant of all. I am too often guilty and when do I tell and when do I not tell? Gentleness, kindness, merciful, all these things He wants us to be. The goodness of God leads to repentance. We think we have the authority to clear the temple because Jesus did. Humility and identification came way before it and His sacrifice on the cross came after. Help me Jesus, make me like You!!!
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Michael Wilson said:
Amen. And I as well. Blessings.