“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
What consumes your thoughts? We’re studying Philippians 4:6-7, but above is the next verse. Why do you think Paul placed these words as his closing words of the Final Exhortations in the letter to Philippi? I haven’t read any commentary, but this verse spoke to me today. I think it speaks to each of our lives in the challenges we face and the negative influences that the world places in our path. I believe Paul’s audience, the Philippians, faced a harsh life and many daily struggles. We face the same, and I believe our daily thought life needs to focus on the truth, the noble, the things that are right and just, pure, lovely and admirable.
This isn’t an escapist mindset. It is a mindset of putting things in proper perspective and not letting the negative and ugly of the world consume us. What do you think?