Dwell on these Things

In the world today, we are forced to make many (as we would call them) judgment calls. There are issues, especially of a moral nature, that many think we can’t be sure whether they are absolutely right or wrong.

When it comes to modesty we consider it a judgment call. We ask ourselves is this “Ok?” We are forced to make a judgment on where the line should be.

When it comes to the places we go we consider it a judgment call. We ask is it really “Ok” for me to go here and there?

When it comes to the music we listen to, the movies we go see and the TV programming we watch we consider those judgment calls. Is it “Ok” for me to see, hear or watch this?

Do you find yourself making judgment calls like these on a daily basis? If so, how do we usually determine whether or not it is right or wrong? If we are using anything other than the Word of God we are doing something wrong. Philippians 4:8 gives us the perfect remedy to the gray areas in life. Whenever we face something “questionable” we can look to Philippians 4:8 to determine which judgment I should make.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

That is the criteria! When we face a judgment call, before we do anything else, we need to figure out if it matches up with Philippians 4:8. What we will come to find is that almost all of the time these questionable decisions aren’t so questionable, they are just flat out wrong. As we go out today, for every “judgment call,” let’s make sure we consider the word of God and Philippians 4:8 to help us do what is right in the sight of the Lord.