“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.”
More About Philippians 4:8-9
Written by Lysa TerKeurst (First 5 Ministries)
Today’s passage of Scripture isn’t simply a call to be mindful of our thoughts. It’s also a reminder to pay close attention to how we’re living our lives.
Philippians 4:8-9 reveals a foundational issue among the citizens of Philippi that needs addressing. And it’s an issue we must remain aware of in our present-day walk as Christians, as well.
When our thinking goes astray, our actions will be contrary to the gospel.
So, where verse 8 helps us get our thoughts in right alignment with the gospel, verse 9 requires us to act rightly as a reflection of our realigned thinking. Paul is saying, “You’ve learned. You’ve received. You’ve heard. You’ve seen. Now go and live these things out.”
We know Scripture commands us to be doers and not just hearers of the Word. (James 1:22-25) But we also must guard against simply becoming “thinkers.” God’s Word isn’t meant to be reduced to mere theories we spend our days contemplating. The gospel calls us to action. We must “put into practice” and live out all that we have thought about and learned. And when we do? The peace of God will be with us.
Prayer: God, help me untangle any lie I’m believing and replace it with Your life-giving truth. Help me set my mind on things that are of You: Pure. Lovely. Admirable. Praiseworthy. Lies are damaging and defeating, so I will not allow them to hijack my mind or hinder my heart. With Your powerful truth in me, I am set free. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Journal Prompt: Individual lies quickly multiply as they tap into the deeper wounds and insecurities we have. Which areas of your life do you need to be especially on guard about letting lies linger and multiply? How can Paul’s list of what to think on in verse 8 specifically help you?