“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” -Philippians 4:8
Last week, I was picking up my two sons from the bus stop. As I was waiting in the car, one of my neighborhood friends drove by and rolled down his window. He said to me, “You are a good Dad.” I smiled, nodded my head, and said, “Thanks man.” Then he drove off.
I wasn’t doing anything significant. Like any other normal Dad, I was just making sure my kids were safe when they got off the bus since we live near a busy intersection. Nevertheless, that short statement alone encouraged me for the rest of the day. It’s incredible how much words can impact your soul.
In the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul knows this. That’s why he tells them to meditate on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy. It’s because words matter. Being positive can lift up our spirits and show the world the type of goodness that comes from knowing God. These virtues shine light into a dark world.
I am sure you have heard the adage: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Nothing can be further from the truth. Words do hurt. Bullying can affect one’s self-esteem and lead to depression and anxiety. Words are used all the time to break people down, and in my opinion, can be worse than sticks and stones.
As believers, our speech should only be used to edify and encourage others around. We are to avoid slander, hatred, discord, and foul language. If you are put into a situation where this is happening, be bold and speak up. Only positive words and positive energy gives life to the soul.
My middle child just got an electric scooter for his birthday. Today, as he was riding around the block, I noticed that the battery was getting low because it was slowing down and making a humming sound. I told him the scooter needs to be charged and reenergized in order to remain functional.
Similarly, if we are not plugged into God’s energy through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will not be utilizing the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:28). When we do not tap into God’s power, our Christian life becomes dysfunctional and useless.
As Christians, it’s vital that we meditate on whatever is good, true, and noble. It’s essential that our spiritual connection with God remains fully-charged; otherwise, we will become empty and devoid of positive energy the world desperately needs. So then, let’s strive to conform into the image of Christ by being a beacon of light to this broken world. Blessings!
Devotional written by Chad A. Damitz (M.Div)