The Great Exchange!

Posted: March 27, 2013 in Colossians 3
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Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things!

Whatsoever things are of good report – That is, whatever is truly reputable. There are still some actions which not all people but many people agree in supporting, and which in all ages and countries are regarded as virtues. Courtesy, kindness, respect for parents, purity between brothers and sisters, are among those virtues, and i as a disciple, must be a pattern and an example in them all. These are not virtues that are based on relevance, circumstances, but on the Word and the standards set by God. There is no wiggle room if i want to experience the fullness of them as God intended.

Good: morally excellent, virtuous, righteous

Report: an account or statement describing in detail an event, situation, or the like.

More detailed definition, James 4:11-12 ed, don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. ed, you’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?

Ephesians 4:29 describes what both types of reports looks like. ed, let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth – Bad report.

but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. – Good report

There is to be a GREAT EXCHANGE!

Eph. 4:31 ed is to let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from himself, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).

Eph. 4:32 ed is to become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tender-hearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave him.

Philippians 4:8 concludes, “If there be any virtue – If there is anything truly virtuous.”

Paul did not assume that he had given a full catalogue of all the virtues which he would have encouraged. He adds, that if there was anything else that had the nature of true, honest, just, pure, good report and virtue in it, i should be careful to cultivate that also.

In wrapping up Paul says, “And if there be any praise – Anything worthy of praise, or that ought to be praised.” Think on these things ed, let them be the object of your careful attention and study, so as to practice them. Think what they are; think on the obligation to observe them; think on the influence which they would have on the world around you.


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