“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure … think about these things … and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 NRSV)


“Whatever is true …” There is much being thrown at us, telling us what to believe. Conspiracies abound. Much that is fed to the public is conflicting. Whom or what to believe?


The apostle Paul says to think on whatever is true. What is true? God’s word. His word is truth for our lives. It is unshakeable. Weigh everything you hear, read, or observe against the Scriptures. Don’t take it at face value. If it rings in harmony with the Scriptures, the truth will be revealed.


Think on “whatever is honorable …” Cheating takes place in numerous fashions – taxes, business deals, relationships. A general thought is, “If I get ahead, who cares? If I don’t get caught, who cares?”


The truth is, God cares. There is a code of ethics to which God holds us accountable. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37 NRSV) Living by these words and all they imply is being honorable.


Think on “whatever is just …” Often when something bad happens to someone, they say they want justice. However, most often what they want is revenge. Revenge is not justice. Revenge is getting even, or in some cases, getting more than even.


What is just? It is seeking and doing what is fair, impartial, unbiased, ethical, good, proper, right, and honorable. It means looking at whatever happens to us or around us through the eyes of our Lord and responding as we know he would wish us to. He said another great commandment is, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39 NRSV)


Think on “whatever is pure …” What is pure? The word used means complete, unmixed, containing nothing extraneous. There is nothing hidden that would be able to lead toward misunderstanding or betrayal. There are no mixed motives.


The love shown by a newly born baby toward a parent is pure. The love God has for each individual is pure. The love our Lord has for you is pure. This love comes with no strings attached. It is pure.


Ponder whatever is true, honorable, just and pure and the peace of God will surround you. Give it a try!


The Rev. Mark Broadhead is pastor at Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview.