Okay, it has been a while since I have sat down and shared what God is showing me on my walk with Him. Before I begin, I understand that not everyone who reads my posts share my same faith values, and that’s okay. I don’t mind if you don’t mind. This is a free forum for me to express my thoughts, and hopefully whom ever is reading this can do so with an open mind. Our differences should not make us weaker but stronger; we can always learn from one another.
Picture this, walking with a friend who you really respect, and as they speak to you, you cling to every word they say and think to yourself. “I really admire this person and can listen to them all day.” You love to hear what they have to say. My walk with Christ is just that. He is real in my life. I decided to write down my favorite scriptures and use them as book marks for my bible. As I was writing down Philippians 4: 8-9, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice, and the God of peace will be with you.” Every time I thought of this scripture I would think, “I need to remember this whenever negative thoughts come into my head.” God promises me peace by keeping this virtue in the forefront of my mind. This time as I was writing this down I began to think, “My life should reflect these attributes!” The things I say, the things I watch on television, movies I watch, music I listen to, my thoughts, how I treat other people, I can go on, but I am sure you get my point. Our lives need to reflect these virtues! Paul is saying we should think on these things. He is also telling us to put them into practice. In verse 9 he says whatever you learned or received or heard from me, put it into practice. These virtues are a reflection of Christ, thus should be a reflection of ourselves.
I decided to see what my bible commentary says on these verses. Believer’s Bible Commentary, W. MacDonald (1995) states, True means not false or unreliable, but genuine and real. Noble means honorable or morally attractive. Right or Just means righteous, both toward God and person. Pure refers to the high moral character of a person’s life. Lovely has the idea of that which is admirableor agreeable to behold or consider. Admirable or Of good report has been translated “ of good repute” or “fair sounding.” Excellent or Virtue speaks of moral excellence ; and Praiseworthy, something that deserves to be commended. MacDonald goes on to say that God does not protect the thought-life of a man who does not want it to be kept pure. If a person’s thought-life is pure, then his life will be pure. What are our children seeing in our lives? Our coworkers? That stranger we come across? I want to challenge my readers, as for myself, to put this into practice beginning with our thoughts and hopefully spilling over into action.
All my best, Dr. M