8 Amazing Things to Think about Now from the Bible

Think about what is true

Think about This

The world clamors for us to think about sickness, shootings, wars and rumors of wars, but what does God call us to think about as we walk through our day?

 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” ~Philippians 4:8 NASB

God calls us to think on things: true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent or praiseworthy. Let us examine each of these.

Think Faith over Fear
Think Faith over Fear

True

Thinking about what is true means we focus on what is genuine and real, not fake, false, unreliable or counterfeit.

“Satan is the liar, and he wants to corrupt our minds with his lies. “Has God said?” is the way he approaches us, just as he approached Eve. The Holy Spirit controls our minds through truth, but the devil tries to control them through lies. Whenever we believe a lie, satan takes over!” [WBC NT 653]

“Dr. Walter Cavert reported a survey on worry that indicated that only 8 percent of the things people worried about were legitimate matters of concern. The other 92 percent were either imaginary, never happened, or involved matters over which the people had no control anyway.” [WBC NT 653]

“What is true is found in God, in Christ, in the Holy Spirit, and in God’s Word.” ~John MacArthur1

Think Honorable Student
Honorable Christian Living

Honorable

To be honorable implies respected or greatly esteemed.

“Believers are to meditate on whatever is worthy of awe and adoration, i.e., the sacred as is opposed to the profane.” [MA 1725]

Honorable means noble “or morally attractive.” [MD 2023]

“There are many things that are not respectable, and Christians should not think about these things. This does not mean we hide our heads in the sand and avoid what is unpleasant and displeasing, but it does mean we do not focus our attention on dishonorable things and permit them to control our thoughts.” [WBC NT 653]

Think Right Actions
Right Actions

Right

Right intentions combined with right actions indicates lawfulness and justice with character.

“The believer is to think in harmony with God’s divine standard of holiness.” [MA 1725]

“Just means righteous, toward both God and man.” [MD 2023-4]

Pure Innocent Child
Pure Innocent Child

Pure

Pure suggests guiltless, innocent, genuine, clean, or incorrupt.

“That which is morally clean or undefiled.” [MA 1725]

“Pure would refer to the high moral character of a person’s life.” [MD 2023]

“Pure probably refers to moral purity, since the people then, as now, were constantly attacked by sexual impurity.” [WBC NT 653]

Lovely White Lily
Lovely White Lily

Lovely

Webster speaks of lovely as “possessing qualities which may invite affection or excite love.” We say the Lord is lovely, a painting of a lily is lovely, and a bride in white is lovely.

“Believers are to focus on whatever is kind or gracious.” [MA 1725]

“Lovely has the idea of that which is admirable or agreeable to behold or consider.” [MD 2023-4]

Good Reputation
Good Reputation

Good Repute

Good hints moral, virtuous, valid, and sufficient; while repute signals one’s reputation, character, or established opinion.

Of good repute is “that which is highly regarded or thought well of. It refers to what is generally considered reputable in the world, such as kindness, courtesy, and respect for others.” [MA 1725]

“Of good report means worth talking about, appealing. The believer must major on the high and noble thoughts, not the base thoughts of this corrupt world.” [WBC NT 653]

Excellent Scenery
Excellent Landscape

Excellence

Excellence insinuates a valuable quality, virtue or dignity.

“Moral excellence or virtue.” [MD 2024]

Praiseworthy
Praiseworthy

Worthy of Praise

Worthy necessitates one is deserving because of eminent worth or because of distinguishing qualities; while praise entails an expression of gratitude, applauding, commending and even extolling the commendable one.

“Something that deserves to be commended.” [MD 2024]

“Virtue is used very often for any mental excellence or moral quality or physical power. Paul is using it in reference to God’s splendor and might in connection with ‘praise’ or even meaning praise.” [R 460]

Imitate Christ
Imitate Christ

Imitate Christ

Paul’s list in Philippians is comparable to David’s list in Psalm 19.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” ~Psalm 19:7-9 AMPC

“Since habits, attitudes, and lifestyle follow from the mind, believers [need to] set their minds on virtuous things. Paul gave a partial list of such things – honorable, right, lovely – but the list is only representative, not exhaustive. Thus he included anything worthy of praise. These worthy things the Philippians learned from watching Paul; now they [need to] put them into practice in their own lives.” [Moody 1864]

We too can imitate Christ. Peace involves both our hearts and our minds.

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” ~Isaiah 26:3 NASB

“Wrong thinking leads to wrong feeling, and before long the heart and mind are pulled apart and we are strangled by worry. We must realize that thoughts are real and powerful, even though they cannot be seen, weighed, or measured. We must bring ‘into captivity and every thought to the obedience of Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 10:5).” [WBC NT 653]

“No Christian can afford to waste ‘mind power’ on thoughts that tear him down or that would tear others down if these thoughts were shared. The Christian who fills his heart and mind with God’s Word will have a ‘built-in radar’ for detecting wrong thoughts. Right thinking is the result of daily meditation on the Word of God.” [WBC NT 653]

Think about what is true
Think about What is True

Think about These Things

Comparing various translations of Philippians 4:8:

“…think about these things.” NASB

“…think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].” AMP

“…think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” AMPC

Think on these things speaks of ‘habit of thought.’ We are responsible for our thoughts and can hold them to high and holy ideals.” [R 460]

“Sow a thought, reap an action;

Sow an action, reap a habit;

Sow a habit, reap a character;

Sow a character, reap a destiny.”

~Stephen R. Covey

Though the world clamors for us to listen and dwell on death and destruction, we can choose to think on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, of good repute, excellent and praise worthy. Choose life.

Recommendations:

A Powerful Psalm of Refreshment for Today A Powerful Psalm of Refreshment for Today – Strength with Dignity

5 Ways to be Strong Imitators of Christ 5 Ways to be Strong Imitators of Christ – Strength with Dignity

References:

1 MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [MA] Thomas Nelson, 2005, page 1725.

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631.

Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

Covey, Stephen R. Published on Quote Fancy. Retrieved June 8, 2022, from Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” (quotefancy.com)

MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [MA] Thomas Nelson, 2005, page 1725.

MacDonald, William. The Believer’s Bible Commentary. [MD] Thomas Nelson, 2016, pages 2-23-2024.

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Robertson, Archibald Thomas. Word Pictures in the New Testament. Volume IV, The Epistles of Paul. Published by the Sunday School Board of the SBC, 1931. Philippians IV, page 460.

The Moody Bible Commentary. General Editors: Michael Rydelnik and Michael Van Laningham. Moody Publishers, 2014, page 1864.

Webster 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved June 8, 2022, from http://webstersdictionary1828.com

Wiersbe, Warren B. The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: The Complete New Testament. [WBC NT] Published by David C. Cook, 2007, page 653.

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24 thoughts on “8 Amazing Things to Think about Now from the Bible”

  1. This is one of my favorite verses ever. God used it to renew my mind when I was a much younger Christian.
    I like how you broke each quality down!

  2. Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite verses committed to memory long ago, Lisa. It is my go to verse for anxiety, grief, anger, sadness, you name it! I often include it in my prayers for the day. Our thoughts truly influence our actions, and Philippians 4:8 is a great way to take our thoughts captive to obey Christ!

    1. It’s one of my favorite verses too, Donna! It is a life-giving verse worth meditating on, especially in times of need.

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged, Stacey! FYI, I shared your article, A Fresh Take on How to Love God with All Your Heart, in my Four Somethings for May. I’m sure it encouraged many! May the Lord bless you and your family, Stacey!

    1. I find when things around me are going a little cattywampus, focusing on Him and digging into His Word keeps me in a place of peace.

  3. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing God’s Word with us through your blog. The Lord give strength and blessings to you and all of your family.
    Aunt Jill

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged, Aunt Jill, and I’m so thankful for your prayers for our family and for my writing. I love you!

  4. And positive, uplifting thoughts change our perspective, and a changed perspective results in a changed attitude… Great post!

  5. Lisa, thanks for sharing that Philippians 4 passage. It’s one of my favorites, a needed re-calibration of my mind’s default mode. I breathe easier just reading this Scripture. We have the power to choose our response to life. And in this day and age, more than ever we need to do so.

    1. Philippians 4 is a great re-calibration scripture, Linda! These days, I think we’re all having to take our thoughts captive, press into the Lord in deeper trust, and renew our minds with His Words of Life.

  6. Lisa, I love how you broke down each of these qualities. Although the world around us is distracting and calling for our attention, we can turn our thoughts “to think on these things”, the thoughts of Christ. We get to choose every day the direction of our thoughts. May I choose wisely today!

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