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Day 26: Excelling at Commendability

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 26, 2011

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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. – Philippians 4:8

Peter uses this term for “excellent” to tell us that we have been called to “glory and excellence” 2 Peter 1:3-5.  The word is also translated “virtue”, which echoes the idea that we are to be excellent.  Jesus says that we are to be “perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).

In this verse, Paul narrows the focus from the things previously mentioned (e.g. true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable) to two remaining thoughts – excellent and praiseworthy.

The other parts all talked about those things coming into your thoughts.  These final two talk about that which comes as a result of your thoughts.

Is what you are thinking excellent (virtuous)?  Can it be said that the thought is worthy of praise? If not, maybe you just need to dump the thought.

Praise is a term that brings with it the idea of commendation. Is the thought commendable? Would the thought please God? Can you stand up before the congregation and say, “This is my thought”?

If it is not one that would receive praise from God and or people, then maybe you should not be going there.


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