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Post by kerrig Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:11 am

Philippians 4:8,9-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 things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
True-conformable to fact; truthful, genuine, constant, faithful, loyal, honest, exact, correct; right.
Noble-of lofty lineage; belonging to the peerage, illustrious, lofty in character, magnaimous, magnificient; stately-a person of rank; a peer.
Just-right; acting rightly; upright, impartial; fair, due, merited; exact.
Pure-free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; containing nothing that does not properly belong; free from moral fault or guilt; marked by chastity.
Lovely-delightful for beauty, harmony, or grace; eliciting love by moral or ideal worth.
Good report-good-of a favorable character tendency; virtuous, right, commendable. report-common talk or an account spread by common talk.
Virtue-conformity to a standard of right; a particular moral excellence.
Praiseworthy-laudable-worthy of praise.

True, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue, praiseworthy.

Who is genuine, magnificient, upright, free from moral fault? Who elicits love by moral worth? Who is virtuous or commendable? Who is of moral excellence and who is worthy of praise?

In todays world the answer to those questions would be-no one. Are any of of our sportsmen these things? Any of our politicians? Any musicians? Any preachers? Any person at all?
I'm not.
When I think of how I spend my time-reading, watching t.v., facebook and forums-I am wasting precious time. Time goes by so fast. We are only given a short period on this Earth to live our lives for Christ. What are we doing with our time?
Are we meditating on things or the one person who fulfills the questions above? Where do our affections lie? With Jesus? Do we truly belong to Him? Does He have our heart? Or do things of this world have our heart?

Exodus 20:3 says, "You shall have no other gods before me."

Idol-an image or symbol of a deity consecrated as an object of worship; a person honored to adoration; anything on which we set our affections inordinately.

If our hearts are set on anything other than God then that person or thing is an idol to us.

If that thing or person does not cause us to think or meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, having virtue or being praiseworthy, then they waste our time.
We need to examine our hearts. Do we use the things above to speak of others? When someone comes to mind do we have good thoughts of that person, no matter how they have wronged us?
Or do we have hateful thoughts? Do we grumble and complain about them?

James 5:9 says "Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!"

1 Peter 4:7-9 says "But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another for love will cover a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling."

fervent-Burning, vehement, ardent; earnest.
love-to regard with affection, to like, to delight in. Warm affection; fond attachment.

Do we have fervent love for others?
For those that most of us have considered "beneath" us?
The homeless person we walk by and ignore. The "special needs" child. The single mom or dad. The drug addict or prostitute. The divorced person. The homosexual. The rapist. The one dying of AIDS. The poor and hungry. The wealthy. The person who has hurt us most. The person of a different faith or denomination from us.
What are our thoughts toward them? What words do we use when we speak of them? Are we loving them unconditionally?

unconditional-not limited by conditions; absolute.

Matthew 12: 36, 37 says "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned."

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40-"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'"

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Post by Sonshine Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:12 am

Amen! I do this thing in children's church where we write down what the kids do with their days. We put down how much time they spend doing things like playing video games, watching tv, ect. Then we compare that with how much time they spend praying, reading their Bible or witnessing to others. Really helps us see where we fall short with how we manage our time and what we have allowed to become important in our lives.

He who cultivates his land will have plenty of food,
but from idle pursuits a man has his fill of poverty
Proverbs 28:19[b]

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Post by Rohn Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:50 pm

Very good Kerrig. Thank God He can help us in the areas where we would be a failure. His Spirit within us can lead and guide us in our thoughts and actions so that they are always Christlike and pleasing to Him. Some very good thoughts in this post. Thank you for the post.

My prayer is, "Lord, help me to be more like the Master in thought and deed so that I might please the One who died, so that I might live. Amen."

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