Words from the Heart for Friday November 6th, 2020
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 4:8 (NIV)
Think About Such Things
In response to the question on quora.com, “when you think of Canada, what do you think?”, an American wrote “Canadians are the salt of the earth, good, kind and humble. Canadians are for the most part like Americans (without the wacky, negative stuff) in language and custom but just different enough to keep them from becoming Americanized; kinda like Canadian football; similar, but just different enough. When I think of Canada, I think of a great nation similar to the U.S., but I never think of it as a foreign country.”
There is a lot in our world that is not praiseworthy. The Bible is very clear in what is holy, what honours the Lord and reflects His nature. It doesn’t take long being online or watching TV to realize that there is much in this world that falls far short of God’s standards of purity and holiness. Sinful human nature too often craves the profane and debased. What a contrast to what God commands those of us who have come into a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” In a world of fake news and conspiracy theories, we are called to think on things that are true. In a world that promotes the irreverent, we are called to think on things that are noble, pure, lovely and admirable. In a social media world where criticism and personal attacks are common, we are called to things that are excellent and praiseworthy. This is a command for all God’s people.
These have been words from the heart.