by Pastor Ken
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 any praise, think about these things.
Imagine getting a letter from the apostle Paul—a letter summing up the qualities Jesus says best sum up what He desires in those who call Him Savior. This verse is that letter. These are the qualities 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 only sexual purity but also means to have purity of ambition, desire and motive.
Lovely refers 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 being His friend and lover. “To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings.” —Author Unknown
Suggestion: Can you do as Paul asks you in this verse for 21 days? See how this one verse can change you to become a person possessing the virtues of Christ.