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A Reasonable Spirit

 Scripture Reference: Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  1. The MAKEUP of a reasonable spirit.

Various translations: GRACIOUSNESS (HCSB) , FOREBEARANCE (ASV), MODERATION (KJV), GENTLENESS (NIV, NKJV)

  • It is a PERSONAL quality for ALL Christians ( Titus 3:1-2)
  • It is to be DISPLAYED toward ALL people
  • It is a SELFLESS YIELDING of power
  • Seeks what is RIGHT, rather than being RIGHT
  1. The MARKS of a reasonable spirit.
  • A life like JESUS (2 Cor. 10:1)
  • A life of UNITY and JOY
  • A life of WITNESS to others

   3. The MOTIVATION for a reasonable spirit.

  • The LORD is at HAND!

(Matthew 24:42; Hebrews 13:5-6)