“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 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 praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
Time for some meditation! Meditation means thinking with concentration, means staying still in mind, means reflection.
The Lord gives us some insight of how to meditate, how to reflect, how to think, what to think about. It seems clear and simple, crystal clear in fact! The question is: How easy is it? How easy is to meditate on those things and exclude all other thoughts?
Let’s start from the top!
Whatever things are true: here, the Lord through Paul speaks about the truth. We know that the truth send us free, yes? So, imagine the freedom bed into our life when we focus, concentrate on what it is true, the truth, the reality, the certainty, the genuineness. A free life!
Whatever things are noble: noble is a sweet word, I love it, it is too sophisticated! What is noble! It means that we need to concentrate, act, think, meditate on anything that is honourable, decent, moral, upright, polite, anything that opens a door to dignity!
Whatever things are just: yes, we need to meditate on anything that it is just. Just includes truth, includes nobility! Just is not only about legal justice but it is about anything true, noble, innocent, beautiful, fair, UNBIASED, ethical! I highlight unbiased as it is one of the main issues we face as Christians! Time for some soul search…
Whatever things are lovely: all the above are lovely, our beautiful planet is lovely, ethical and moral principles are lovely, humanity is lovely, and thoughts can be lovely guiding to lovely acts and deeds.
Whatever things are of good report: it speaks by itself! Nothing really to add. Of good report! Someone gossips another human being. What should I do? Should I keep meditating on the gossip? Is it something of a good report? Is it true? Is it noble? Is it lovely?
“if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy” = I believe that this phrase covers all. No matter our culture, our background, our education or our faith, still there are principles which are universal and we cannot go wrong. It is about thoughts and meditation upon praiseworthy thoughts and about anything that is virtue, it has quality, it is beneficial!
Time to check how the above noble recommendation practically applies…in reality! Basically this scripture speaks about thinking all times good thoughts, when we are happy, when we are depressed, when we are angry, when we are sick and incapable. Is it possible? In true life is not a fact. Other thoughts come into our mind …not very just or true or noble…
So? No doubt that we need the help of our counsellor, the Holy Spirit, case by case, time after time, to help us to turn our thoughts from angry or upsetting ones to something praiseworthy.
At the same time there is something we need to keep in our mind:
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ”
Aha! Few important points to remember: (1) do it heartily; (2) as to the Lord and not to men; (3) for you serve the Lord Christ.
Knowing that we love the Lord and that even within our weaknesses we still love Him and desire to keep serving Him, how much easier is to turn our thoughts towards to the Lord who represents = truth, nobility, justice, loveliness, good report and praise! THROUGH Him, we can make it and more we practice, easier it becomes! Let’s try! Amen!
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