Thursday, January 10, 2013

Whatever is .... (2)

He writes to his infant grand daughter, posting it on Facebook. He gives her simple advice, and then lists pieces of 'useful' (??) information. A sample: “1) The Bee Gees sound an awful lot alike; 2) Don't notice that the presents from Santa and the gifts from your parents are the same paper. 3) Count your blessings and not your presents.” Each of the 20 pieces of info are considered by every reader, albeit ever so briefly. Some are entertaining. Others actual encourage. But ALL are evaluated.

To self-control your mind so as to make it functional for God's plans necessitates considerations. It is crucial to conscientiously analyze Whatever is TRUE.

Jesus is the 'way, the truth, and the life', and Paul wants each and every one of his students at Philippi to become like Him. But how? How do you take people entrenched in Judaism and change them to be Christ-like. How do you take a pagan, idol-worshiping person and create a masterpiece for the Lord?

The answer starts with spending ample time examining the effects of whatever is true. Consider these:

  • What happens as people come to love truth?
  • Is truth profitable? Why?
  • Since God is always truthful, are people who love truth acquiring a love for God? Are they more like God?
  • When we tell the truth are we looking for something lasting?
  • When forming opinions, should we evaluate with truth?
  • Are God's methods a highway to an exceptional life?
  • If truth reveals to us we lack His qualities, should we be glad or sad?
  • Will truth-lovers be called into question or resisted?
  • Would life be simpler if you do not need to remember all the lies or deceptions?
  • Can deceit, cheating, or insincerity be part of us and still be a lover of truth?

Once a love for truth is established, then consistent truth-telling becomes habitual. People will trust you. Friends believe you will not harm them, but will direct them to ways that are factual, informative, and accurate. 

Truth is derived from unbiased facts, solid information, and accurate, complete reports.

Truth allows the mind to rest. Gossip's agitation is gone. Worries are whipped. Direction is determined. Goals are gathered. Progress is possible.

Becoming a lover of truth opens opportunities. Let's search for truth in EVERY THING we do, say, or see.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

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