Is This Your Reflection?
A devotion on Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, 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 worthy of praise, think about these things.
Imagine getting a letter from the apostle Paul that lists the qualities Jesus says best sum up what He desires in those who call Him Savior.
Today’s verse is that letter. These are the things Jesus desires us to be — not just use when it suits us, but to be.
True refers to all that is morally and spiritually sound, all that is compatible with allegiance to Jesus, who is truth (John 14:6).
Honorable, meaning honest and worthy of respect. “The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.” — Theodore Roosevelt.
Just, which is often translated “righteous,” refers to being modest, innocent, and above reproach.
Pure refers not to only sexual purity but also means to have purity of ambition, desire, and motive.
Lovely refers to being friendly, kind, compassionate, and polite.
Virtue is simply moral excellence.
Praise is the act of giving God His due recognition for being the Creator of all and the Holy One.
These are the gifts God gives you as you continually join yourself with Him as His child.
To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings. — Portuguese Proverb
How can I cultivate and display the elements of a character that God desires?
Dear Lord, May the virtues of Your love shine through my life. Please help me live completely for You, with a character that is spotless and pure. May my life glorify You in all things. I pray and praise in Jesus’ name, Amen.