"Think on these things"

Like the message of the great Master, whom he so faithfully followed, Paul's message makes its appeal to Jew and Gentile alike. It is not an appeal to the people of any one nation, but to men everywhere throughout the earth. Because it refers to the ideal truth, it finds a response in the heart of everyone who desires to break away from the sordid and the mean, and whose aim is spirituality. To the Philippians Paul writes, "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 things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report—these the great Apostle to the Gentiles desires mankind to think about. In doing so, is he not stating the plain duty of every Christian? If we consider Jesus' great command to love God supremely and our neighbor as ourselves, as being the duty of his every follower, we see that Paul's admonition is entirely in harmony with it. It was always thus with the apostles. They had caught the spirit of the Master; they had learned of the ideal truth which he taught and lived; and that ideal truth they called upon all Christians to demonstrate.

February 9, 1929
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