Think On These Things
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these
things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these
do, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:8-9).
When I was a young girl, about twelve-years-old, I sat
in class with many middle school-age kids. I noticed a preacher standing at the
door of my classroom. He was talking with my teacher. I intently looked at him and saw a familiar face. His
name was Pastor George. I’ll never forget that moment because Pastor George had
come to take me home to be with my family that day. As he was driving me and my
siblings to our destination, he shared disappointing news with us. He told us that our dad had gone home to be
with Jesus. We silently sat through that drive all the way home; but as soon as
my mother’s dear friend answered the front door, I burst into tears and fell
into her arms. She speechlessly cried as she held me close. I felt God’s presence
and His loving arms wrapped around me. I felt His safety and tender mercies as
she cradled me and held me close. Although that moment is still vivid today, as
I reflect on God’s loving-kindness throughout my life, the thought of who He is, satisfies my
soul. I think of how God not only rescued my family but how He restored my joy.
Philippians 4:8-9 is precious to me because it has taken
me ample time in practicing these profound life-giving words. When I have allowed
myself to gaze on those things that are true; God, the triune One who is the epitome
of truth and His continual work, my mind has been deterred from past hardships and present circumstances. Noble means honorable or what is worthy of respect
and honor. God is worthy of both respect and honor because He is the author of life and the One who sustains us. He spoke the world into existence and fashioned each human
being into His liking. He is “just.” Just,
meaning God is always right. He can never be wrong. His awareness and
righteousness surpass the heavens (Deut. 16:20). Pure, meaning His intentions
and motives are perfect! His thoughts, attitude, and conduct do not fluctuate
like that of the flesh. He is consistently consistent! Lovely, meaning no one
can provoke Him. Even when Peter denied his Savior thrice, Jesus was not shaken
or moved. In fact, Jesus told Peter that he, Peter, would deny him thrice before
the rooster crows (Matt. 26:69-75). Jesus later rebuked Peter after Peter gave into his flesh and cut off the ear of the Roman soldier as he sought to arrest Jesus (John 18:10-11). Yes, God is
full of love! A good report comprises the things and ideas of God’s goodness! Good
reports in Christ are the testimonies of our faith. To maintain our peace, each
one of these qualities is worth considering, practicing and preparing for before
those dire moments come into our lives.
Lord, help us to always remember not to dive into the
bottom of the pit with impulse, fear, anger, worry, etc. Help us to humble ourselves, always fixing our
minds on Jesus and the truth of Your Word. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Encourage and Be Encouraged!