Posted by: bshelley | April 23, 2009

Your gentle spirit


Today’s Verse: Philippians 4:5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. NASB

Men are often told that they must get in touch with their feminine side in order to be a more gentle person. Paul says, “Get in touch with the Spirit that is in you.” We know from Galatians 5:22-23 that gentleness is one of the fruit of the Spirit we get when we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Spiritual babies, like physical babies, must then grow and mature in these areas like gentleness by practice and in obedience. We grow in our gentleness by practicing being under the Spirit’s control. Why should we do that? Paul answers, “Because the Lord is near.” Whether he is meaning the soon coming of Christ or His constant presence in Spirit, the point is not lost. Jesus is watching. Are we daily putting down our selfish need for retribution and having things our way to exercise gentleness towards others instead. I don’t think Paul intended for the reference to the Lord’s presence as a “lightening bolt” waiting to happen threat, but rather as an encouragement. We should be encouraged that the Lord is near. That is unless we are up to something we would be embarrassed about. You know, being like a selfish baby that has not matured beyond demanding its own needs. Let’s practice gentleness today. Even if others don’t reciprocate. The Lord is near.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.


  1. Good post, Bryan. I especially like that verse as it continues from “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious for anything”. I think we believe that God is far away when bad things happen. The truh is that he is near to the broken hearted. He knows those who are broken and he is near! The love of God is too much for us to fathom so often we put our human attributes on him. Like, maybe he is mad and ignoring me, or maybe he doesn’t care or whatever. But never put God on your level. That is a lie from the enemy. He is always bigger and greater and alway near to us.
    For that, we can be anxious for nothing!

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