Apostle Grace Lubega
Philippians 4:8(KJV); Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The truth as expressed in the scriptures must be the foundation of every aspect of the believer’s life.
It is not by simple coincidence that the starting point for our theme scripture is “WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE.”
God intentionally starts with truth.
Things are firstly TRUE before they can be judged as honest, before they can be seen to be just, to be pure, to be lovely, to be of virtue, and to be worthy of any praise.
In John 18:38, Pontius Pilate asked one of the fundamental questions of apologetic and philosophical debate. “What is truth?”
In John 17:17, Jesus gives the answer in its uncontroversial absoluteness. “SANCTIFY THEM THROUGH THY TRUTH: THY WORD IS TRUTH.”
A life lived outside the scriptures is inevitably a life that easily succumbs to dishonesty, injustice, all forms of impurity, selfishness, and vice.
This is why in the give and take of everyday life, a Christian must ask themselves, “What does the Word say about this situation?”
When we ask this question, we seek to align ourselves to truth.
Some areas in life seem grey and leave room for compromise.
For example, issues of drinking alcohol, certain cultural practices, and some moral questions may not be very clear to some Christians.
However, when we look to the Word, it has the capacity to cast light on these shadows, to cut these matters asunder, separating bone and marrow and guiding us into truth (Hebrews 4:12).
FURTHER STUDY: John 8:32, John 15:3
GOLDEN NUGGET: Things are firstly TRUE before they can be judged as honest, before they can be seen to be just, to be pure, to be lovely, to be of virtue, and to be worthy of any praise.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for the gift of Your Word. Thank You for the things that have been written for my learning and my comfort. Thank You for the things that have been given to me for teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. I embrace Your Word as my daily reality and standard. It is not just on my lips, it is also my nature. In Jesus’ name, Amen.