Philippians 4: Not All Bad
I don’t know about all of you, but it is pretty easy to let your mind wander. It interesting that in Philippians 4, Paul advises some areas that it is wise for us to think about.
Php 4:8 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.
In greater context, these are the final pieces of advice that Paul is providing to the Philippians, so he wants them to control their thoughts. There are plenty of evil things to think about in the world. Just watch the news. It is easy to dwell on the things that are negative.
Rather, Paul encourages us to focus on those things that are positive. It does not mean that we can never speak out against evil or criticize our culture, but the definition for think on here carries the connotation of numbering. It is like taking inventory of the things that are honest, just and all of the other characteristics.
We can get so wrapped up in all of the negative things around us that we entirely miss out on all the great things that God is doing. God is opposed to evil. There is no doubt about that, but there is a lot more to God than simply being the force for good in the world. He is not simply a supernatural police force who shows up when someone breaks the rules.
Think about the implications that this would have in our everyday lives. Jesus Christ is our hope. It makes sense that our hope was also be the source of everything that is good. After all, there are many true things in the world, and we can thank God for them. There might be many false things out there as well, but we need to make sure that we are fully aware of the great ones as well.
God is good all the time. Let’s try to remember that even though it might be easier to think about all the evil around us.