There is Power in the Way You Think - Part III
We have been looking at the powerful words of the apostle Paul recorded for us in Philippians 4:8 (KJV). There we read, "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 virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." We have already considered the first four qualities which are whatsoever things are true, honest, just, and pure. Today we would like to consider the remaining qualities. We are admonished to think of whatsoever things are lovely. What does this word mean? It refers to that which is pleasant, good-natured, useful to others, dear to any one, and pleasing. We are to think on those things. It would go without saying that this will preclude us dwelling on those things that will rob us of our peace, that will poison our perspective of others or of the situation, that will cause us to think less of others, or that will lead us to treat others in a way that is not Christ-like. When needed we should focus on how we can alter the way we think so that it will help take us from a negative perspective to a positive one. The next thing we are admonished to do is to think on what is of good report. These are those things that are universally accepted as being commendable. Those things that are regarded by all as virtues. It refers to those things that are viewed by your society as being profitable and useful to mankind. It is such things that would be well spoken of by everyone that we are to meditate on. The next thing that the apostle Paul admonishes us to think on is that which is virtuous. What does the word "virtue" mean? It is often translated as that which is of moral excellent, ethical, or truly worthwhile. There is one more quality that the apostle admonishes us to think on. It is that which is worthy of praise and to be exalted. It refers to those things that are above reproach, that are to be admired by all. These are the things that we are to meditate on. If we do, it will fill our hearts with peace. It will keep our mind focused on what is edifying and that which will encourage others and build them up. What do you spend your time thinking on?