This word is often associated with our judicial system – as judges are addressed as “Your Honor” or the Honorable Judge… Why do we address them this way? Well, other than the fact that they can put us in jail… it is a title of respect, right? Though the individual may not always be deserving of respect, because of the position that individual holds, they are to be treated with respect – with honor.
In our world, honorable would be respectable. But it is more than that as we will soon see.
Today we will deal with only a small part of Verse 8. We need to spend some time thinking about what is honorable.
Philippians 4:8 (from Verses 8-9) ESV
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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.
Let’s go to our text:
“…whatever is honorable..”
The Amplified Bible says it this way:
“…whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly…”
Reverence is the attitude we should have toward God and the things of God. We have talked in the past about what the fear of the Lord is and this is along that same vein. We are to think about Him and we are to revere Him.
We talked about this at the beginning – worthy of deep respect.
If you are like me, you have only seen this word, seemly, with “un” in front of it. It means using decorum, behaving in a way that shows propriety. It means to act in a way that is fitting.
So, how do we think about things that are honorable and therefore, not think about things that are not honorable?
When we get bad news especially about someone we know the thoughts can just keep replaying in our minds. Are those thoughts unseemly, irreverent, and dishonorable? Often, gossip ensues. We get so enamored with the juicy story that we do not even realize that we have slipped into dishonorable thinking. Ouch!
Exposing ourselves to things that do not honor God will undoubtedly lead to a struggle to think the way we should. Think about how scary movies can cause nightmares. You carried what you exposed yourself to into your sleep and it showed back up.
Pray and Replace It
We must replace the thoughts that are not honorable with thoughts that are. The way to do that is with Scripture. Pick a verse or two of scripture to memorize. Then, when you are having trouble keeping your thinking on honorable things, work on memorizing it. Really think about the verses and what they mean. That will help you get your thinking to where it needs to be.
Not Just for Sunday School
Memorizing Scripture is not just busy work to keep young children occupied in Sunday School, is it? This is a great way to meditate on God’s Word all day long. When we memorize verses we need to think about them, not just mindlessly repeat them. When we do that God’s Word gets in our hearts too.
Here is one to get you started:
Colossians 3:15-16 ESV
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing songs and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (See Post)
Using the Sword
In Ephesians 6, the full armor of God is laid out clearly. One of the pieces of armor is the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. God gave us His Word, not only to help us get to know Him but to help us dominate in the battle of the mind. Our minds are battlefields where the enemy constantly attacks to distract us from God so that we will not glorify Him. Soon, we will talk more in-depth about the Full Armor of God but for now, just know that God gave us His Word to help us control our thinking. It is so much more than cognitive therapy (thought replacement) because the Holy Spirit of God is involved in the wielding of it!
Whatever is honorable… that is what we need to think on. I am so thankful that God helps us with this.
Lord, thank You so much for Your beautiful Word. Thank You that it is not just any old book, but powerful because You make it powerful. Help us, Lord, to think about things that are true and honorable. Help us to bring You glory as we obey You. Make us what You want us to be. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
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