Every day we are faced with choices. Some choices are easy like what should I eat for breakfast, other choices are more difficult like what should we watch, what music should we listen to, what words should we say or even how should we react.
Today’s verse from Philippians 4 gives us practical guidance on what we should do.
“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”Philippians 4:8
When my kids ask if they should do watch something or listen to something or if they say something that is not nice, I remind them of this verse and these questions:
Is it good and honorable?
Is it just and right?
Is it pure?
Is it lovely?
Does it have a good report?
If you can answer yes to all of these questions, most likely it’s okay to watch or listen or say what you are thinking. If you can’t answer yes, then you should look for other things to do and use other words when speaking.
The verse specifically says to think on good things, pure things, and lovely things. While it’s not specifically stated, if we applied this principle to things we say and do, we would have better relationships because we would not be hurting other people with our words and actions.
Our words and actions are based on what we think. Let’s spend more time thinking on these things.