“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
Philippians 4:8, written in 63 A.D., is a significant verse for Christians as it provides guidance on where to focus our thoughts and attitudes. Paul explains that we must commit ourselves to action by thinking about and doing what we have seen in him. The qualities of life he listed are known only when we live them out. Think! God’s Spirit, manifested in us through these qualities, will deliver us from the world’s influence. And our commitment will lead us to give ourselves—body and soul—to God and people needing Christ’s service.
This verse encourages believers to cultivate positive and virtuous thoughts. Rather than being ruled by a secular worldview, believers must allow God’s Spirit to shape their lives. It reminds us to prioritize true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy thoughts. By focusing on these qualities, Christians align their mindset with God’s teachings and develop a godly worldview.
The verse emphasizes guarding against negative, harmful thoughts while seeking good and promoting righteousness, faith, and love. By meditating on Philippians 4:8, we learn how to have a healthy mind that brings glory to God through our attitudes and actions. It reminds us that our spiritual growth and service in Christ are vital and continuous.
Paul wrote Philippians as a letter to his beloved church of Philippi while he was in prison in either Rome or Ephesus near the end of his life. He summed everything up in this comprehensive verse, encouraging them to have a godly mindset and be devoted to Christ.
My heart swells with joy, hope, peace, and love in Christ when I read this verse. May these words dwell in our hearts, souls, and minds forever.
As Pastor June reminded us in July, “These are the fingerprints of God.”
by Donna Hay