Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
It must have been wonderful being part of the church at Philippi. The letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the church is full of encouragement and praise. Clearly the faith and ministry of these brothers and sisters in Christ was already excellent when he sent them the epistle. Paul then spends his time clarifying the doctrines of Christ and His kingdom. As well, the Apostle uplifted the good things being done by the saints and exhorted them to further good works to the praise and honor of God and the glory of Christ and the saints.
In Philippians 4:8, Paul encouraged the saints to circumspection, considering the importance of the thoughts as motivation. Jesus said that what proceeds out of the mouth comes from the heart; and they defile the man (Matthew 15:18). Purity starts with the heart and mind. When we focus on heavenly things, our hands follow our heart to good works. Praise God that He has replaced the stony heart of the old man in believers with a heart of flesh capable of feeling His Spirit’s guidance. Let us listen to the still, small voice of God and quench not the Spirit.