Tuesday, August 9, 2011

fresh from the Word

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.
Philippians 4:8

Sometimes, we women believe, that in order to appear a loving Christian we should "be pleasant" and "agreeable."  That we should ignore the painful matters in our lives.

Isn't that what this verse is saying?

Actually, no.

The Greek meaning of truth is "the reality lying clearly before your eyes."

So, yes, you are allowed to acknowledge unpleasant things in your life.  You are allowed to think about those things - how else can they be worked out and "fixed" in order for them to ultimately be handled properly with a right response?

"...there is virtue in honestly growing through the pain to dwell on the true, just, pure, and lovely things..."
-Joan C. Webb

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