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.
Paul lays out a guideline for our thought life by enumerating the things we should be thinking about. Let's go through each of them.
The truth will set us free. The Gospel is the truth. We should be reverently seeking the truth throughout our lives, not the lies of this world. We should spread the truth, not lies that perpetuate our sins. We should face the truth head-on, and encourage one another to do the same, not hide behind lies that are convenient.
We should be honorable in our thoughts and our actions. We should be consistently thinking about the honorable thing to do, even more so when no one wants to support us due to fear.
God is just. We should seek to be just by imitating God. But be careful–we aren't seeking to hold others to the law, since we ourselves aren't able to abide by the law through our flesh. We should instead forgive those who've sinned against us and love our enemies because of the grace God has shown to us.
Children have the highest place of heaven because of their purity. They are untainted by the sins of this world. We should strive to be pure as much as we can. This doesn't necessarily mean being purposefully ignorant–it means consistently relying on God to help us remain in the Spirit.
Who wouldn't want all things in their lives to be lovely? Similarly, who wouldn't want their thoughts to be filled with lovely things? Love others and be loved.
Think about the commendable things others have done, and seek to imitiate it.
Strive for excellence in all that we do, no matter how big or how small. From the grand project in your career to cleaning the house, every bit counts as excellence where we can be a witness to Christ.
Worthy of Praise
Fix our eyes upon Christ, who is worthy of all our praise.
The Peace of God
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Preceding from the previous verse, in order for us to succeed in our thought life, we need to rely on the peace of God to guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
That is how we can continue to think about good things and not let our minds wander astray.
That is how we can enjoy the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.
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