Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
"Let your reasonableness [yielding(ness), “Kingdom Interlinear”] become known to all men." (Philippians 4:5)
In this text, the apostle Paul used a word that is difficult to render with a single English word. One reference work notes: “Involved is the willingness to yield one’s personal rights and to show consideration and gentleness to others.” So the word has the sense of being yielding and reasonable, not insisting on carrying out the letter of the law or demanding one’s rights. How important it is for each of us to act in a reasonable way, yielding to Christ’s direction and being yielding in our dealings with other humans! (Ephesians 5:23) Benefits result when we are disposed to be yielding in a balanced way. For example, when we drive an automobile, we see the need to yield to other drivers, such as when negotiating traffic circles, to make sure that everyone is safe and traffic flows smoothly.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 1:2, 3)