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Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5)
This verse has always puzzled me. Has this ever happened to you?
So I looked up the word gentle in Greek. It is epieikes and means something like fairness or mildness. It comes from two other words that together mean from the same. Equitable might be a closer meaning than gentle. In our common speech, easy-going is probably pretty close.
So, Paul is basically telling the readers to take it easy. This may refer back to the disagreement in verses two and three. Or, it could just be a nicety he tosses in as he is finishing up his letter.
In any case, the reason they should be gentle is because the Lord is near. This can mean either nearby or close in time. Either way, it’s a good thought: God’s close and watching, so maintain your easy-going attitude!
I like that. So, I’ll leave you today with …
Take it easy!
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