5Let 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. 7Andthe peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Let’s be reasonable. I have heard that expression before, but I never thought about it in this light. The King James translates the word in verse four as moderation, but I think the idea comes across through both of them. I dare not call it patience, but it certainly has some of the same characteristics. Paul is asking us to be known for not overreacting at things. This can be a tough deal indeed, but it fits with his teaching elsewhere about love as the main goal in 1 Corinthians 13. There he says that love is “slow to anger.” I would venture that it is the same sort of idea here in Philippians, because Paul indicates that through prayer, this reasonableness will take us toward the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” and I am pretty sure that we have all prayed for that at some point.
It starts at reasonableness or perhaps being slow to anger or take offense. I am not saying that this is an easy thing, but I can certainly say that the end result is worth the effort. Peace is a good thing and the peace that God offers beyond all understanding is far better indeed. Let us be reasonable today.