Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Let your moderation. Moderation is calmness of mind; composure, even-temper; patience; reasonableness. Moderation is not weakness. Moderation responds to circumstances – even bad ones – in a gentle, patience and calm way. Cf. Titus 3:2 “to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”
be known. Moderation is known not by our telling others how moderate, calm and patient we are – but by living it, doing it. Cf. 2 Corinthians 3:2 “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:”
unto all men. The principle is applicable with all people, everywhere, at all times. Cf. Romans 12:16 “Be of the same mind one toward another.”
The Lord is at hand. The reference here is not the “the coming of the Lord,” as some think, but the Lord himself. The Lord is at hand – he is near, he is available, to provide comfort and support as we act in moderation and patience, with reasonableness. Cf. Acts 17:27 “…though he be not far from every one of us:” and Hebrews 13:5 “… for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
The presence of The Shepherd calms our nerves and offers emotional stability!
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