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Whatever will you do today? Let us forgive and be forgiven

kalantri on Articles - Philippians 4:8, “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.”

Whatever will you do today?

Paul’s remarkable words becomes even more remarkable when we remember the situation of his writing. Paul, under house arrest and facing his death, writes to Christian people living in the city of Philippi. Take a moment to read through his letter. It is full of life and hope, and the ending is no exception. Paul ends his letter with this generous outpouring of verbage, overflowing with the rush of adjective after adjective. “Whatever is…” doesn’t mean “any old thing,” nor does the rising tide of adjectives widen the pool of activities. On the contrary, with each short phrase, Paul is closing in the net, tightening his grip, until we find out the very precious few things that are all at once: true and honorable and just and pure and lovely and commendable and excellent and worthy of praise.

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