Phil. 4:8 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.
“Whatsover things are true”? That’s a lot of things to think about! And then what happens to that which is only a guess, a suspicion, a supposition, a rumor, or a worry? The shaky stuff should get knocked out of the box by the many things that are true.
“Whatsoever things are honest”? If all the true things weren’t enough to keep us busy, we can add the many honest things there are to think about. And then what happens to lies, manipulation, spin, cherry-picking, propaganda, and sales pitches? Not much space left for the dicey stuff.
If you think about the just, what will happen to the whiney stuff?
If you think about the pure, what will happen to all the filthy stuff?
Think about lovely things. So what happens to all the ugly, painful, miserable stuff we might otherwise think about? There won’t be room for the dark stuff if our minds are filled with light.
Things of good report – think about the accomplishments of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Never mind their mistakes, their shortcomings, their weaknesses. You are too busy thinking about the good reports. Give them some time. They will come up with some good reports.
Any virtue. Any praise. Emphasis on any. Search for it. Find it. Don’t miss an act of courage. Don’t overlook unselfishness. Don’t become jaded toward everyday faithfulness. Don’t dismiss an opportunity for joy. Compliment the Lord above all, and your brethren next. The praiseworthy deeds are out there. You just have to look.
Dear Lord, may the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight.