Too many Christians think that all there is to being a Christian is “believing”. But as you read the New Testament it doesn’t take long to discover that it is full of instructions on how we should live our lives. True biblical faith is always accompanied by obedience to the Lord and intentional efforts to adhere to the teachings of scripture.
The scriptures exhort us to guard our hearts…
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT)
The Bible teaches us how to “renew our minds”…
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2, NKJV)
Today’s text is yet another example of how the Lord gives us specific instructions concerning how we should live. We will take an in depth look at each of the eight terms below and take note of the instructions the Lord gives us that we might live according to the will of God.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtueand if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8–9, NKJV)
One more thing: Notice that the Bible doesn’t just give us a bunch of commands and “hoops to jump through”. Along with godly instructions and commands He gives promises. The promise of this text is, “…these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”