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Think About It!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Philippians 4:8

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

It seems that all too often we have replaced excellence with convenience. We tend to get by with the least amount of effort, time, or cost. As a result, we fail to encounter excellence. We surely can think of examples in the human family, but why spend the time trying to think of illustrations from mankind, when we can use the life of Jesus Christ as the epitome of excellence and also One who is praiseworthy.

In the first part of this verse, Paul lists four qualities that lead to excellence and praiseworthiness: TRUE - NOBLE - LOVELY - ADMIRABLE. I want to consider each in the life and character of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

TRUE: After feeding thousands of people with a few scraps of food, they wanted Him to continue feeding them as Moses had done in the wilderness. Jesus replied in John 6:32-33: "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the True Bread from heaven. For the Bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

Jesus is True! His Word is true and His actions are true. All that can be known about truth is to be found in Him. Do you want to think about something of excellence and praiseworthiness? Think about the Truth that came into the world. Think about how Jesus was true in all He did and was.

NOBLE: The Greek word for noble is "eugenes." It is from two words: "eu" means (well), and "genos", which means (family or race). It can therefore be defined as "WELL BORN." It is good to think about the birth of Jesus and in as much as He was born of a virgin (that is humanly impossible), and was born of the Holy Spirit (that was a supernatural provision by God for the perfect Lamb to be slain for the sins of the world).

Never has there been one born of such "noble" circumstances. We could and should think of the noble character of Jesus. No other noble on earth could match His qualifications. It was the True Nobility of heaven that hung on the cross, was buried in the tomb, and arose, triumphant over death, hell and the grave! Wow! That is powerful.

LOVELY: It is not generally the custom to think of a man as being lovely. That may be due to the fact that we men are ugly by nature. (I was going to say that was a joke, but it is so true I will let you decide whether it was funny or accurate).

Jesus was and is lovely. If we are to think of lovely as being pleasing and agreeable, then Jesus is certainly lovely. We can picture Him in touching the sick and afflicted with such gentleness, care and concern, that He glows with beauty and grace. We need to think on those lovely qualities.

ADMIRABLE: In the King James Version, “admirable” is translated as “good report.” I like that much better. It seems that the world clamors for bad reports and the media works overtime searching for bad news and then glorifies it. The problem is that bad reports not only demean the person being reported on, but they also destroy something within us. We then become cynical and negative.

We need to see in Jesus the living example of One who was always worthy of a good report. He taught good principles—He lived a perfect example and He died an atoning death. He will always be worthy of our good report as we think about Him and the life he lived.

How is your thought life? Are you getting bitter or better? Think about the bad news and get bitter. Think about Jesus and get Better!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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