Sunday Devotional: Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

A couple of years ago, I used this verse for a Sunday Devotional.  I was reminded of this verse again recently and how it is very much still applicable today.

Paul wrote these words finishing up a letter to a group of believers that he cared for very deeply.  He helped to plant the church in Philippi wanted to see and hear that the believers there were growing in their faith.  He wanted them to keep pursuing Christ and to continue the work there.

We as believers have that same calling.  We are to keep pursing Christ and continue the work of sharing the Gospel.  And as we do that, we are to engage life with the filter that this verse   We live in a time when we are bombarded on all sides from things that are not the things in these verses.  We must strive to separate out these things to find the things that are true, that are just, that are pure, that are worthy of praise.

This week, let us make sure that we take time to reflect on those things that honor God, those things that point us to Him.  Let us think on those things so that we can be focused on what it is He has for us to do.

Sunday Devotional: Philippians 1:27-30

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.”  Philippians 1:27-30

Paul was writing to Philippians to encourage and instruct them.  Part of this was to remind them of the calling they had individually and collectively as a church.  They were doing a great job in being faithful followers of Jesus.  Paul wanted them to keep doing that.  He wanted them to stick together.

He also reminded them that part of being a follower of Jesus was that we have to endure suffering.  Jesus suffered and as we follow after him, we will deal with suffering as well.  But the great news is that He has gone before us and knows what we’re going through.  So as we go through tough times, we can trust we are not alone in that.

So as this week goes along with its ups and downs, let us be encouraged to keep doing good & serving Him.

Sunday Devotional: Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Growing up, I was involved in Bible Drill.  Part of doing that was memorizing verses.  This was one of those verses that I memorized.  And it is a good verse to remember.  Paul is giving instruction to the Philippians about a variety of topics.  He ended one of his thoughts with this sentence.  It’s a good reminder to think about the things he listed.  If one thinks on these things, they are helpful in focusing on God and what He wants for you.

So this week, let us think on things that are true, that are honorable, that are just, that are pure, that are lovely, that are commendable.  Let those things be in the forefront of our minds as we go about this week serving Him.