This past Sunday’s sermon, “The Peace of God” spoke perfectly to my recent meditations on graciousness.
Based on Philippians 4:4-7
4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Here’s what caught my ear about verse 5:
The full meaning of “moderation” is found in the greek word epieikes, which means appropriate, mild, gentle, patient.
Pastor Russ explained that this includes forbearance, sweet reasonableness, big-heartedness, and a seeking of what’s best for others despite the cost.
This gentleness must be made known to everyone… including our enemies.
The “why” and the “how” of living with a big-hearted sweetness is provided in the rest of the verse: “The Lord is at hand.”
Dwell in the recognition that God is near, and you’ll discover yourself in a posture of peace and generosity.
You might enjoy listening to the sermon this afternoon.