Monday, October 1, 2007

Philippians 4:8 Recap

“Finally, brothers, whatever it true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8, NIV

For over fifteen weeks we’ve chopped, minced, diced and spliced our way through the thirty simple words of Philippians 4:8. Now it’s time to mix everything back together and see what we have:

My fellow-Christians (brothers), since God’s peace places troops around our hearts and minds to protect us from enemy attacks (finally), let us separate the good from the bad and then make the good ours through continuous meditation (think), the good being (such things) anything—Christian or not (whatever)—which:

Matches reality, whether scientific principles, historic facts, or moral law (true)
Treats serious topics in a dignified manner (noble)
Conforms to revealed truth—that is, the standards, character, and will of God (right)
Will not stir up attitudes or thoughts that could contaminate—cause us to sin—should it manifest itself in our lives (pure)
Pleases the senses, softens the heart, and evokes a I Corinthians 13 love (lovely)
Carries positive qualities resulting in a good reputation (admirable)

—that is, we should dwell on those aspects that sets themselves over and above for their good quality in craft (excellent) or have content bringing glory to God (praiseworthy).

So much for thirty simple words. But then Mom always said I liked to make things complicated. I guess I’ve not outgrown that trait yet.

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