Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Many verses in the Bible present us with challenges. This verse of scripture in Philippians is very powerful and can help us in our daily living. The part of the verse that I would like to focus on is “think about such things” and “put it into practice”. Paul is encouraging them (the Philippians) to keep a pure mind and to practice what he is preaching. He is challenging them to identify things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy and to think about them. Paul is speaking from his own experience. He uses the term “seen in me”, which he is obviously talking about his own actions and behaviors. Paul definitely practiced what he preached. Many of his letters were scripted from a jail cell, which makes this challenge to “put into practice” even more inspiring. We should learn a valuable lesson from Paul. Living life from jail may not have been what Paul wanted, but he still practiced what he preached. His situation was challenging to say the least, but he did not quit in order to focus on getting out of jail and then write his letters! He continued to do the work that God had intended him to do in spite of his situation. He was exhibiting behavior for others to model, and thinking about things that were true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. I will leave you with some questions to ask yourself…Have you thought about any of these things Paul listed today? Have you put into practice any of these things? Can you ask someone today to look at things they have “seen in you” and “put it into practice”?