THESE AND THOSE THINGS: THINK ON THESE THINGS AND DO THOSE THINGS

REFLECTIONS ON PHILIPPIANS 4: 8 - 9

I read the above passage a few days ago in my devotion time and I felt the it'll be good to share with my readers some insight from this passage - St. Paul's letter to the Philippians.

Before I start this conversation, it will be nice to challenge our thinking with this question:

What is th word of God, the Bible or the Scripture to you?

I know we'll have different viewpoints as to our answer to this question, But let us go back to the same Scriptures to find answer to the question.

In the 2nd Book of Timothy Chapter 3 verses 16 - 17; we read this:

"All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped foe every good work."

To my mind this is the best answer why we need the word of God. Now let us go back to the topic of our discussion from the Book of Philippians 4: 8 -9.

In chapter 4:8 we hear this admonition from Paul to the Philippians Christians:

"Finally brethren whatsoever things true, wtsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if ther be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.

This passage is a lesson on focused thinking aa well as tips on how to keep our value system under check. Our values and beliefs are drivers of our behaviour, which does impact our outcome. Here, Paul, through the inspiration of the Spirit,  points to us the important values on which to use as basis to filter our thought. Acting on this advice will help us in good decision making.

This passage takes care of 'these things' mentioned in the title. Remember, 'think on these things.'

Moving on, let go to the next passage. In verse 9, we see this:

"Those things, which ye have both learned and received,and heard and seen in me, do, and the God of peace shall be with you.

Paul enjoined the brethren here to model his behaviour just as he has imitated Christ's. Our whole senses and faculties are involved in this and the reward to enter into God's peace and become partakers of it.

What will you think about and do today?

Remember, think on these things and do those things - this is the path to enjoy God's blessings - His peace that passes all understanding


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