Philippians 4:8 KJV “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things.”
These words from Paul to the Philippians are as timely for us today as they were then. We are seeing across our nation many conflicts of ideas that have escalated into physical conflicts, with tragic results. These things are not new; yet, they are spotlighted by our numerous means of communication in this age of technological advancement. One could say that healthy conversations and debates can cause us to think more deeply about why we believe what we do, and why we act accordingly. At times, things seem so complicated, with families and friends appearing fundamentally opposed to each other.
Some might say that each element of description (true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy in the Bible verse above) is an opinion-type word that could be placed on a continuum, and that each is not a fixed, discrete point. Others might disagree and say that each element is exact, an all-or-nothing quality. Who is to judge?
Simply, I think we must. It is our daily challenge and opportunity. In accepting the gift of Christ’s death in our place on the cross, we have also accepted the newness of life that was given to us through Him and in His resurrection. In rejoicing over this Good News, I think as Christians we are meant to find comfort in truth, live honestly, promote what is right, protect what is pure, look for good in others and in situations, and encourage others.
Dear God, Thank you for the gift of earthly life and eternal life to come. While we are here on earth, help us to be mindful of our actions and our thoughts, and to strive daily to live with qualities that are pleasing to You, so that we can see and enhance the good in all things. Amen