Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Because the Lord is near, we can rejoice and treat others with gentleness.
He is near because he lives in us through his Spirit. He is near because his coming is at hand. He is near because when we gather with other believers, serve others who are in need, or share the Gospel, he has promised to be with us.
There is nothing more contagious than a joyous and kind person. Because Jesus lives in us, works through us, and is coming for us, we can be both joyful and gentle!
Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins. Please let the abiding joy I feel because of his presence be evident in the way I live and the way I serve others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.