Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
8 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.
Today’s modern world of media and marketing overload coupled with social and workplace pressures and cultures, create a tsunami of information we must process. When this information is being spewed at us with fire hose intensity, it can be difficult to filter the information through our own belief system. As Christians our filter is God’s word.
Here in this scripture, the Apostle Paul equips the Philippians with the ultimate filter system – virtues of Jesus. These virtues center on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. In the secular world some of these virtues may be misinterpreted. For instance a secular thought process might misinterpret something that is “lovely”. A secular thought process would peg a shiny new car and possessing it as lovely. This was not Paul’s intent. Paul would like the Philippians and ultimately the readers (us) to interpret “lovely” as Jesus would. What would Jesus find attractive? Would Jesus find a shiny new car as a possession attractive or would he have better use for his resources?
As you go through your day today, challenge yourself to process or filter information using virtues of Jesus. Take note of how this structure will better equip you as a Christian to live a more Christ like life - both in your thoughts and actions.
Dear Lord, please give me the strength to think like You think and to act like You act. Allow me to grow in Your word and shape me so that I may be a light that draws others to Your truth. Lord, thank You for giving me structure amidst the chaos of everyday life. In Your Great name I pray, Amen.
By: Rich Axtell