Now, the last two parts of whatever’s are Virtue and Praiseworthy.
This is probably one of the more difficult ones to understand, and to write about. One of the many definitions of virtue is moral goodness, righteousness, honor, nobility, excellence, and purity.
So, within the definitions, we see the other whatever’s, righteousness, nobility, purity…Paul is bringing around everything around this one word.
Paul uses this word again in 2 Peter 1:2 where he says
….as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue…
And again in 2 Peter 1:5
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
Verses 6-7 goes on to say…
…to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
Peter is talking about what the life of the Christian contains. It is not merely faith but also virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
– Galatians 5:22-23
Paul is giving instructions on the Christian life, and how to act and think as Christians. Paul writes in 1 Peter 2:9 a more in-depth look at the word virtue…
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…
God has set/called us, Christians, apart from the world so that we might proclaim His virtue.
As believers, we are called to the virtuous and excellent life, which is the life of Christ. But to live such a life is impossible on our own power, but through God, we can.
God has given us all the things we need to live a life of Godliness; He has given His word (that is the Bible) and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells in the Believer, and it is His virtue, His life, that our mind should dwell upon.
And lastly, Praiseworthy.
Our thoughts, actions, life should be praiseworthy. But, outside of God, no one deserves praise more, we may encourage someone, or give recognition to someone for their actions. But it is God who deserves all our praise.
Our heart, mind, soul, and strength should be focused upon the love, greatness, power, beauty, and life of God, our King.
The Bible is filled with verses talking about giving praise to God for what He has done; several verses are in the book of Psalms. David often starts the chapters by giving praise and recognition to God for what He had done, and His amazing powers and works.
When we talk to God, we should always start with praise, God has given us so much, we should thank and praise Him for it. But not only that, God is worthy of our praise.
Psalm 34:1 says
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
In can be in thought, word or deed, we can continually give praise to God, think of the things He has done for us, the things He has given us, the ultimate one is God sending His only Son to die for our sins, and saving us. Is that not something to continually give praise for?
Another way to give praise is through worship and music.
Psalms 57:7-9 says
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.
While Sunday is the day of worship, we go to Church to worship God through music and the hearing of His word, our worship is not restricted to just Sunday. Every day, through our mind and tongue, we can give praise to God through either listening to Christian music or singing a hymn in the car.
God is worthy of all our praise through our thoughts, words, or deeds.
Psalm 150:6 says
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
So, there is it is…the Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 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 anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
The verse ends with meditate on these things; There are so many things we dwell on and think about today. The bad news that is constantly being put in front of us, our once united nation is being torn apart by hate and evil, things are going downhill .
But we can’t bury our head in the sand and we can’t ignore what’s going on. While it is disturbing and hurtful seeing what’s going on, we don’t have to dwell on it, God is in control of everything that is happening, so we need to rest in that fact and promise, and leave in it His all-powerful hand.
We need to dwell and meditate on
whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 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 anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
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