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The Lord is Near

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

Philippians 4:5

Know anyone with “rough edges”? Maybe that describes you. Perhaps you have been told that you sometimes come across a little harsh, a little impatient. Today’s Scripture has good advice for all of us. “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” The Greek word translated “gentleness” implies an appropriate response to the people in your life. It speaks of moderation in choice of words and tone of voice, with a healthy dose of patience.

How do we manage such a thing? The answer is in the very next phrase: “The Lord is near.” In other words, He’s listening to every conversation. He’s sitting with your family at supper. He’s in the car when you’re on your phone. He is near. And that’s why we should be gentle in our words and actions. Think before you speak. Consider before you hit Send. Jesus holds us accountable for our words and the intentions behind them.

I’m glad You are near, Lord. I’m happy You are walking with me and listening to my conversations. I wouldn’t want You anywhere else but close by. But I need the help of Your Holy Spirit, Lord, to show grace and patience and kindness to the people who cross my path.  Since You are near, O Lord, change my heart and touch my tongue.