“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
I believe this is one of the greatest passages in Scripture pertaining to the Christian’s thoughts. It matters a great deal what we think upon. There is a spiritual standard that must guide our thinking in all areas of our lives. So using Philippians 4:8 let us make some application to our daily lives.
1) TV & Movies. When I watch a television program or movie, am I careful to apply the divine instruction of Philippians 4:8? Am I and my family viewing things that our minds should be dwelling upon? Can they be described as lovely & praiseworthy?
2) Internet Browsing. When I get on my computer, tablet, or phone to browse the Internet, am I looking, reading, and listening to things that would be in harmony with Philippians 4:8? Am I posting and commenting things that would violate this Scripture? Am I dwelling upon thoughts that are pure and virtuous?
3) Driving in my Car. When I’m out running errands, driving to work, or stuck in traffic, do my thoughts match up with the apostle Paul’s teaching recorded in Philippians 4:8? Am I thinking of things that are noble and of good report?
4) Normal, Daily Thoughts. What do we normally spend our time thinking upon during the course of our day? Would the Lord be pleased with our thoughts toward our spouse, children, neighbors, co-workers, strangers, and brethren? How often do we ignore or disobey the command found in Philippians 4:8?
Let us be more determined to apply the teaching of Philippians 4:8 to every aspect of our lives. After all, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).
by Jesse Flowers