Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. -Phil 4:8 ESV
Wow, such a NEW REVELATION. Remember, men added chapter breaks and numbers to the Bible around the 1500’s. This is a continuation of the thought, the concept Paul began earlier, specifically in Phil 3:17; Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. He is the example; THE WAY- PAUL is giving us PERMISSION to live like him!
Leader, to show the continuation of thought see Phil 4:1- Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown. When studying the Bible whenever you see THEREFORE, ask yourself, “What is it There for?” He is saying if you want my connection to God, my understanding, my USAGE in the KINGDOM of GOD, then DO THIS! Paul’s life was constantly in Danger, and his boldness for CHRIST and his commitment to follow HIS WAY, cost him his head. Yet, we are commanded to focus only on those things profitable for the Kingdom.
Conduit, Paul had lots of bad stuff happening in his life. He had all kinds of injustice in his personal life and in the lives of many of his fellow citizens. He kept his focus on things of heaven and NOT OF THIS WORLD. He didn’t get wrapped up in the political battles, he didn’t get wrapped up in the World’s HATRED and CHOOSING of winners and losers. Paul was like Jesus about the KINGDOM OF GOD! Today be more like PAUL than the POPE or your Pastor, – or that person organizing the next rally or march!