Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. ~Philippians 4:5 (NIV)
My all-time favorite part of the Bible is Philippians 4:4-9. I can still remember the first time I read these verses, what a revelation it was to me to discover how applicable this truth was to my daily life. Each and every time I've read this passage since, I have always received something unique to my current situation at the time.
For the past month or two though, verse 5 in particular has stuck in my mind. For years I've struggled with the whole concept of being gentle. Anyone who knows me can tell you I can be loud, not very tactful (more often than not), and the list goes on in that gentleness has never been the first word (or any word) I would ever use to describe myself. I've never been one of those demure girly-girls that are so put together it makes you wonder if they ever disobeyed. I was always the girl outside climbing the trees and jumping in the puddles, and running faster than the boys to beat them in the games we played. Gentleness, in case you haven't guessed it yet, was not me.
I've also been wondering lately why this verse says the Lord is 'near' and not 'here.' There's a worship song that does this exact same thing, and I've always sung it wrong on purpose, because in my mind, I'd rather God be here than nearby (and to me, He is-- here that is, not just nearby).
I say all this because I haven't got it all figured out yet, but I'd love your input. What do you think this verse is all about? CC wonders if maybe it says the Lord is near because it is referring to the Second Coming. I say it's plausible, but I'm not totally convinced. I'd love to hear your thoughts.