[This post is based on a discussion led by Wayne Hart, a teacher and worshp leader here at Wascana Fellowship. It is not always easy to boil down a discussion into a post. This becomes even more difficult when you are not the one who prepared for the discussion. Fortunately, I discovered that one of our members routinely e-mails summaries of our messages to friends in another country. The following is Shirley’s summary of this past week’s discussion led by Wayne. She has graciously allowed me to share this on our website.]
Sermon Topic July 14th. Philippians 4: 8 “…think on these things.”
Yesterday [July 14] we went through this verse in detail and examined each of those
words that we should be thinking more about, and spending less time on all that negative evil that we hear and read about so much on the news.
We tried to analyze for each of us personally what we would consider to be true, the first thing mentioned. Well, to start with, we have to look to the Word of God for all things that are true, and measure truth from that viewpoint. Some of the comments included the ideas of things that are true to themselves, genuine (real and not fake), fitness, appropriate, level, square, consistent, (never changing).
Things that are honest, just. With honesty and being just we thought of the idea of fairness in dealing with others.
“Whatsoever things are pure” [includes] our motives, our speech, thoughts.
“Whatsoever things are lovely”: see the beauty all around us in the world of nature that God created for us to enjoy.
“Whatsoever things are of good report”: there are a lot of good things that are happening in the world around and many people are doing a lot of good and decent things in whatever way they are able to. Also there are good reports about the brothers and sisters in the work of the gospel.
“If there be any virtue,” another meaning could be goodness, moral uprightness.
“If there be any praise,” a reminder for us to be ready to give God the praise.
“think on these things”, everything in this verse is 100% positive.
As I was writing up this email, I came to realize that putting this verse into my way of thinking also serves to bring a lot of joy, which connects with the previous email I had sent on the topic of joy.
[Thank you, Shirley, for sharing your impressions of our last session. It was refreshing to see one of our discussions through your eyes.]