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The Six Whatevers

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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With so much negative things happening in the world, in our country, in our state, in our hometown, in our church and even in our family, how do we maintain a Christian thought life? How do we protect ourselves from dwelling on all the bad things happening? After all, that is what the media thrives on.

There is a favorite verse of mine, which I refer to as the “six whatevers”. This scripture can help us reflect only on what is positive, encouraging and uplifting. It is Philippians 4:8Philippians 4:8
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, 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.

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and states, “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”.

TRUE means being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false. God himself is the only final test for what is true. We should assess everything according to God’s Word.

NOBLE is that which inspires reverence or awe; dignified, worthy of respect. We need to realize that our life is short and therefore should take Godly things seriously.

RIGHT means that which is morally correct, just or honorable. To think on what is right means to think on God and model our behavior after Him.

PURE means free from anything of a different, inferior or contaminating kind. We must say no to anything that will defile our bodies and keep our focus off of moral purity.

LOVELY means to be pleasing, agreeable, attractive. In spiritual terms this means we should only think on our beautiful Savior and His Godly attributes.

ADMIRABLE means to be deserving of respect and approval. It is better to believe the best about someone than to believe an evil report. To sum up, we should think on the above qualities that stem from Godly behavior, attitudes and actions. If a deed or thought is not excellent or praiseworthy, we should avoid the temptation to journey down the “negative road”.

Practice the “six whatevers” daily. You will be exposed to the undesirable on a consistent basis, but only spend your time on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely or admirable.

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