Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I find it interesting that this passage follows one of the most memorized and quoted scriptures from Philippians regarding not being anxious, but rather through thanksgiving and prayer present our requests to the Lord and he will grant peace that we cannot understand (Philippians 4:6-7).
So, what now? What are we to do after prayer and presenting our needs to the Lord? Paul concludes this chapter with the words “finally” and tells us on what to keep our minds steadfast. Let’s take a look at the things we are urged to dwell on:
Whatever is true – We know what is true, the Word of God. Let’s stay focused on reading His Word.
Whatever is honorable – What is worthy of respect? Anything that attributed to God’s character!
Whatever is just – What is just or right? Again, we look back to God’s character and his laws and attributes. God is Just and so are His commandments.
Whatever is pure – Things that are NOT of this world like the carnal and sinful things. We should focus and live morally as defined in the scriptures.
Whatever is lovely – Whatever is kind or generous. Think of an act you would lovingly do for someone you love dearly.
Whatever is commendable – What is of good commendation or reputation. Align yourself with these principles or people, not of things that are of ill repute.
And the verse concludes, “if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”. It’s a pretty clear verse and Paul is simply saying, (and I paraphrase) turn off the junk on TV, stop reading the sensationalized social media articles, stop talking with people who are speaking in fear, and let’s focus on what we know is true: the Word of God!
Open up your Bible and start by reading through the Psalms. Perhaps, read a good book or spend some time outdoors marveling at God’s creations. Enjoy your family, or whoever you may be with during this unusual time, and give thanks in all things for He is good, all the time.
Vero Bible Fellowship Elder Team