Philippians 4:8 - Thinking That Leads to Joy in Jesus.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) 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 (NLT) Fix your thoughts on
what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure,
and lovely, and admirable. Think about things
that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8 (MSG) Summing it all up,
friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds
and meditating on things true, noble, reputable,
authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the
worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to
praise, not things to curse.
The chief requisite of language is that it
be pure and kind and true - "the outward
expression of an inward grace." God says: "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."
Philippians 4:8. And if such are the thoughts, such will
be the expression. ED235
Remember the Best and Forget the Rest
What do you choose to remember about the
time youve spent with people? Do you remember
the good experiences or the bad experiences?
The apostle Paul chose to remember the
good, to focus on the positive, and to be
thankful. He said to the Christians in Philippi,
Summing it all up, friends, Id say youll do
best by filling your minds and meditating on
things true, noble, reputable, authentic,
compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the
beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things
to curse (Philippians 4:8 The Message).
Paul did not have an easy time in
Philippi. Acts 16 tells us that, when Paul went to
Philippi, he was illegally arrested, whipped,
humiliated, and thrown into prison before finally being
asked to leave town. Yet he thanked God for his
time with the Philippians.
Paul could have dwelt on the negative. He
could have recalled the painful memories. But he
chose to stop focusing on the painful things.
Instead, he remembered the things he could be
You can make a similar decision with the
people in your life.
Stay in relationship with someone long
enough and youre bound to hurt each other. Maybe
youve been hurt in the past by a parents
short-tempered response or a friend's thoughtless word. Are
you still holding on to that hurt? Does it keep
you from enjoying that person today? If so,
youre focusing on the negative.
Im not saying that you should deny
your hurts or excuse the weaknesses in other
people. That is psychologically unhealthy. And, of
course, abusive relationships are a different story.
But in normal, relatively healthy relationships,
you can choose to focus on the good. You can
choose to remember the other persons strengths.
I hear wives say, Hes a good man,
but (and I hear husbands say the same
about their wives). Anytime you hear but, it
means the emphasis is on the negative and not the
positive. But the fact is, Mr. and Mrs. Perfect
In your relationships, choose to enjoy
what you have. And to enjoy someone, you have to
focus on their strengths, not their weaknesses.
With some people, that takes a lot of creativity!
But you can find something good in everyone.
And when you think about your past,
remember that pleasant memories are a choice. Follow
the example of the apostle Paul and choose to
emphasize what you can be thankful for.
In both your past and your present,
choose to be grateful for the good in people.
Choose to remember the best and forget the rest.
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren:
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Philippians 4:8 - Thinking That Leads to Joy
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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