The words above were the first thoughts that came to my mind after reading from someone who quoted from Philippians 4:6-7. Those words were from Philippians 4 verse 8:
8Finally, brothers, 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.
I was reminded of this because back in a highschool IVCF camp, some kids decided to sing this verse to the tune of, if I remember correctly, Huwag na lang kaya, by True Faith.
The fact that I remembered the first and the last words of the verse isn’t of much help though, I missed what was in the middle, the substance of the verse.
The Apostle Paul ends his book of rejoicing by reminding us that what we think of, and eventually do, contribute to our attitude, whether it be rejoicing or anything else.
The fact that I forgot what was in the middle meant that my thoughts have long been occupied by things not mentioned by Paul. Perhaps I need to be imprisoned, for Paul seemed to be more joyful there than the congregation in Philippi.
So, what are the eight whatevers?
1. True – Facts about God, what Christ has done, who we are in Christ, God’s plan for the world
2. Noble – Christ’s sacrifice, the love of God poured out to sinners, our imitation of these things, suffering because of righteousness
3.Right – Making known the Name of Jesus, helping the needy, justice,
4.Pure – The sinlessness of Christ, what we strive to be
5.Lovely – Unity in the body of believers, Christ himself
6.Admirable – Admirable character, people who are examples to follow, the deeds of Christ
7.Excellent – God’s requirement, the standard for our works and worship
8.Praiseworthy – God’s character and deeds
Most of these examples may fall into more than one, or even all the categories. Whatever, the point is that we should think about these things, instead of being preoccupied with peripheral things.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”