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This Monday's verse is a favorite of mine - and one I REALLY needed this weekend.
Finally, brothers, 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 4:8Looking forward to hearing your thoughts--link up below, and read others' ponderings. Mine are below.
Pollyanna isn't enough.
Looking at this verse from Paul's letter to the Philippians, one might think, at first glance, that this apostle to the gentiles is simply asking us to be optimistic - to find the "sunny side" of our situations. If we only think about what is lovely, excellent, admirable, and praiseworthy, everything will seem hearts and flowers. Right?
There is a lot more to this than optimism. We are being being told not to be naive and "happy," but to be God-centered and God-focused. For as I look at this list for things to think on, I see God, and His work.
- His Word is truth. (John 17:17)
- His Name is noble. (James 2:7)
- Everything He does is right (Psalm 65:5)
- His eyes are too pure to look upon evil (Habakkuk 1:12-13)
- His dwelling place is lovely (Psalm 84:1)
So don't just keep your chin up. Keep your eyes on the Lord, and your thoughts on His works.
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