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.
Things that are true and noble consist of information that is not false and filled with integrity. In previous post I have discussed” whatever things are true” and whatever things are “noble”. Today I want to look at what it means to think about “whatever things are just”.
When most people think of what is “just” they think of the judicial system. Depending on your political ideology, some believe the system is fair other believe it to be unfair; just or unjust.
The same is true when it comes to ideology regarding faith. Indidviduals with a universalist religious ideolgy believe God treats people fairly thus everyone is going to heaven. Atheist believe that God is not fair because He sends people to hell.
The truth is, like the United States governmnet God gives people the choice of doing what is right or doing what is illegal. People have the choice of doing what is legal or illegal according to both man and God’s law. The system by which a person is judged is just but the circumstances in which an opinion is made and the method by which the law is interpreted is where the problem arises.
We are instructed: “…whatever things are just,…if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Not only do we see injustice all around but we meditate on them daily.
Negative information, things that are not just, are reported not only on the various television and radio outlets but through such outlets as Facebook and YouTube. The information being presented and shared creates an atmosphere of evil and those who add fuel to the fire of negativity will be held accountable.
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 is telling us we will be held accountable for our words. Remember what the Proverb 18:21 states: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF SPEAKING FOOLISH WORDS!
Through out the world we see the result of death filled words being spoken and written. If it is true (and it is true) that death and life are in our mouths then we need to speak life.
Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things;
How can a person speak excellent things? By hearing excellent things.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We know that the Word of God is good news, that is what the word gospel means.
PROVERBS 4:23 THE EXPANDED BIBLEWhat you listen to influences what you think, what you think influences what you speak. If you want to know what you really believe listen to your words.
·Be careful what you think [L- Above all that you guard, protect your heart], because ·your thoughts run your life [L- life flows from it].
Listen to the words of people you consider friends.
(Mark 14:32-42) You have to know what is just.
And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”
(*If you are not familiar with Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane I strongly suggest you read it.)
We are bombarded with information regarding what is not just. As stories of perceived injustices increase the anger and violence increase. People, even those who say they are Christian, confess their hatred of those with opposing viewpoints.
It is a matter of personal responsibility. You have to make a decision to meditate on what is just.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
You have to make a decision to look for what is just; otherwise you will be conformed to this world. It requires a great deal of effort to know about what is going on in the world but give most of your thought to what is good.
Next week I will look at what is pure and lovely. —written by Marsha L F Randolph
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