Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is 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)
LET US BE GRATEFUL!
Whatever is true:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
Without Him, how would we find the way, know the truth, or have eternal life?
Whatever is noble:
1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? ²The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.(Psalm 15)
Without Him, how would we know how to live a life that is noble before others? Where would we seek guidance to find the way to work on becoming that person who is beyond reproach before our children, our family, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters—and before Him?
Whatever is right:
For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. (Psalm 33:4)
Without Him, how would we know what is “right and true” and how would we know the real meaning of faithfulness, only given through His Word and the example of Jesus?
Whatever is pure:
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. (Psalm 119:9)
Without Him and His Word, what would we have to guide us–at any age– on the right path that leads us to Him?
Whatever is lovely:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Without Him, how could we grasp the concept of true beauty—that which is within us from Him?
Whatever is admirable, excellent or praiseworthy:
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. . . 22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:15-16, 22-26)
Without Him, how would we know the way to developing a good and honorable character, one that can bring others to Him?
Thank you, Lord, for Your Word and Your example of how to live in this mortal life–that we might prepare to enter that eternal home with You. We are ever grateful! Amen.
(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/19/17) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word