Philippians 4:8 Part 2
8 Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
We will look at these things to think on one at a time. There is so much to consider.
In the recent election accusations were flying on a constant basis. The two presidential candidates threw words back and forth all the time and you really didn’t know what was true. I was amazed at how often each of them called the other out for lies. In the end, I think we were all glad when the campaigning was over. I firmly believe there’s a blurring effect going on in our society that kind of neutralizes everything so that no one can really say what’s true and what’s not.
When I think of things that are true I must eliminate gossip out of my head. It is so hard to find the truth now because everybody has a different story. And the internet is loaded with untruths. News agencies report different stories, and have different ideas about how things go in our society. We can’t trust them for truth. Even n Jesus day, it was hard to discern what was true. Remember Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth (John 18:38) ” So, our problem is to find a source for the truth.
Let’s first look at Jesus. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). One thing I can do to think about things that are true is think about Jesus since He is the truth. We can think about His love, mercy and grace toward us. We can think about His sacrifice. We can meditate on His teachings, We can take heart in the miracles He performed, knowing that He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8).
What else can we find that’s true? Certainly, not the newscasts, not television, not movies and not the internet. It’s hard to find truth in any of those things. It seems even channels like The Weather Channel and National Geographic have fallen into the politically correct area. As we search for truth in this world there’s really only one place that we can find it. And that’s the Word of God.
The Bible gives us truth on just about every subject we can imagine. Whether it’s dealing with your neighbor or finances or marriage, the Bible provides for any situation that will come up. The truth contained there spreads over every religion and every culture. They are recognized worldwide as true. I think of things like the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule which are universal in nature. I sell insurance for a living and one of the things that you have to do every three years to go through an Ethics Course. One of the first things on the ethics course is that we need to practice the Golden Rule. Even in business the Bible is recognized as a source of Truth.
If you are not in your Bible on a regular basis it will be hard for you to think about those things that are true. You can think about Jesus and you can meditate on His word as far as you know the word. As you get to know the word more you can meditate on the truth easier. There are so many wonderful truths and promises God has given us in His word. Set aside time to get into the word so you know the extent of what God has for you.
There are other the things on this list of things to think about that should be combined with truth to really transform our lives. Tomorrow we will talk about things that are honest.