What does Philippians 4:5 mean?
ESV: Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
NIV: Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
NASB: Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is near.
CSB: Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
NLT: Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
KJV: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
NKJV: Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Verse Commentary:
In addition to rejoicing, Paul encouraged his readers to be known for gentleness, patience, and moderation. This is the meaning of the Greek word, epieikes, translated "reasonableness" in the ESV. Christians are not to be seen as easily angered or foolish, but rather as reasonable, wise people who can handle difficulties and disagreements with maturity. This is important in the context of Paul's request to Euodia and Syntyche to put aside their very public argument.

Paul continues his encouragements with his hope that Jesus would return at any moment. This understanding of Christ's return has many direct applications for the life of the believer. Paul explains some of these applications in verses 6–9. All of these responses are positive, not negative, for the believer. Understanding that Christ can come at any moment is a source of encouragement for those who are saved (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18), not a discouragement or source of fear.
Verse Context:
Philippians 4:2–9 is Paul's appeal to the Philippian Christians regarding how they handle disagreements within the church. Paul is particularly concerned with an argument between two women, Euodia and Syntyche. Paul's advice is to focus on our ability to rejoice in our fellowship with Christ. The result of that emphasis ought to be an attitude of ''reasonableness,'' seen by all people. With a proper focus on positive things, we can experience peace through the power of God.
Chapter Summary:
Paul specifically asks two Christian women, Euodia and Syntyche, to settle their personal dispute. Other Christians are encouraged to act as reasonable, Christ-filled people. Paul notes that his experiences have taught him to be content with whatever material blessings he has. This reliance on the power of Christ not only allows believers to be content, it produces peace in our relationships to other Christians. This also requires a deliberate choice to set our attention on positive things. Paul extends sincere thanks to the Philippians for their generous support.
Chapter Context:
After putting suffering and hardship into perspective in the previous three chapters, Paul now gives specific thanks to the Philippians for their support and generosity. Prior passages in this letter have explained concepts like humility and hope, as well as a focus on Christ. Positive attitudes, and beneficial thinking, are especially important. In this concluding section, Paul calls on the Philippians to act with ''reasonableness,'' especially as they handle disagreements within the church. Paul is confident that God will bless these faithful Christians for their generous support.
Book Summary:
Philippians is Paul's discussion of living the Christian life. In this letter to the church of Philippi, Paul highlights themes such as joy and glory. He also puts great emphasis on how a Christian's thinking—their attitude—affects the way they live out their faith. Paul is very thankful for the support of the Philippian church, but is also concerned about the influence of various false teachers. This letter is less theological than most of his other writings, and more practical.
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