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

— Philippians 4:5

In view of this semester’s theme, I decided from the beginning to have, among other things, more passion in outreach, principally, to consider others more important than myself (assigned ABC passage for this week is the two verses afterwards), to consider all things spent wisely if spent for the gospel.

To this, I stand reproached in view of Philippians 4:5. I tend to be somewhat impatient in dealing with people and though I find myself sometimes to be ready to spend time with people, I stand corrected in the view that God demands not only my time but also my character in view of the gospel.

Closing Thoughts

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

— John 13:35

Update (05.01.08 )

Reading over this I realized that I had forgotten to write down my address of the second phrase. The Lord is near.

What is meant by this? One of these two things, or both:

  1. Don’t be anxious because the Lord is near.
  2. By focusing on the Lord (instead of worrying), you will be nearer to him.

I think that both views are both biblical, that we should focus on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith and that we know that the Lord is always near, that He will never leave us and so we are assured of our victory that we have in Him.