Another pearl of wisdom from my son's quiet time.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I underlined the verse that struck a nerve and led me to ask the questions: Do I posses reasonableness? I am more familiar with "Let your gentleness to evident to all, the Lord is near." How far is the meaning of Reasonableness from gentleness? Do I possess either of these fruits of the spirit.
In order to answer I need to know what Reasonableness is. The dictionary defines Reasonableness as
- How many articles of clothing are reasonable?
- How many books are reasonable for a family of five who love reading?
- How many pictures are reasonable for a person who loves capturing the moment and telling a story?
tion is: Will I repent of the sin of excess?