The Plan for Decompression Continues
Yesterday, we talked about rejuvenating our joy – rejoicing. The joy of the Lord definitely counteracts stress and helps reduce our need for so much decompression. Today, we are talking about how having that joy of the Lord can help us to be more reasonable with everyone we encounter.
We are talking about the first part of Verse 5 today. Normally, I do not like to divide a verse and only deal with part of it. However, this verse ends in part of the way into the next sentence so we will look at Verse 5b tomorrow along with Verse 6.
Philippians 4:5a (from verses 4-7) ESV
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord 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 Christ Jesus.”
Verse 5a in the Amplified Bible says:
“Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness – your considerateness, your forbearing spirit.”
The AMP often makes a verse so much clearer. For me, this is one of those cases.
known – know, perceive and recognize
reasonableness – unselfishness, considerateness, forbearing spirit
I am sure that most, if not all, of these words are familiar to you. “Forbearing” may not be familiar to some of you since it is rarely used. It means to put up with a lot and be patient about it.
It is always so important to keep verses in context when we read and break them down to look at them more closely. We must keep the word in the sentence and the sentence in the book and the book in the Bible as a whole.
In other words, if in a verse in the Old Testament it says that we are to bring an unblemished lamb to the tabernacle and sacrifice it on the Brazen Altar, we can know that this is true and applied to the time and people of God before Jesus Christ died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sin. The Bible is not contradicting itself. Both are accurate but looking at the Bible as a whole we can see that the situation changed because God intervened.
Reasonableness on top of Joy
So, since the context is so important, let’s pull Verse 4 back into the picture. The joy of the Lord is our foundation layer and now we are adding reasonableness as our 2nd Layer.
Holding onto the joy of the Lord helps us to be more emotionally stable all the time. When we are going through a super stressful time, we may need to rejuvenate that joy – stir it up – refresh it. How? By asking God to help us with that and to remember what He has done for us. He has done so much!!
A great habit to begin developing in our lives is the habit of keeping what Christ has done for us in mind all the time. That may sound impossible, but as you begin working on it, you will see that it is more doable than you think. God will help you because it is His will that we always have Jesus on our minds.
Then we will not have to go hunting that joy. It will be in your heart and you will know it.
With the joy of the Lord right there in our hearts, being reasonable is so much more doable! Because that joy helps us to be less emotionally charged in tough situations, reasonableness is more accessible.
- We will be more forbearing with people who try our patience.
- We will be more compassionate for the other guy so we will not struggle so with selfishness.
- We will just be more considerate.
So starting with rejoicing in the Lord, then we layer on reasonableness. How does that sound?
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We will meet back here next time for Layers 3 and 4. Meanwhile, if you have a way that you use to help you keep Jesus on your mind, please share it in the comments.
Lord, thank You for helping us see how to glorify You more in our daily lives. Thank You so much for bringing us back to You through Jesus’s death on that cross. Please help us to grow closer to You so that we are more and more able to glorify You. Please make us what You want us to be. In Jesus’s precious name, I pray. Amen.
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