“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phil. 4:8-9
“The Lord be with you.” This has become one of my favorite prayers. It is a blessing that we will know God’s goodness and God’s peace. That in a world of mess, chaos, and pain we will know what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and excellent.
“The Lord be with you.” If the Lord was with you, what good thing would you celebrate? What gratitude would rise up in you? What praiseworthy thing would capture your imagination? What noble choices would you make? What purity would you celebrate? What truth would you share?
“The Lord be with you.” And the response is, “And also with you.” The excellent and praiseworthy peace we receive from the Lord we pass on. We are blessed to be a blessing. Who do you know that needs to experience truth, purity, loveliness, and nobility?
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Fill our minds by guiding us into meditations on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Guide us to practice what we learn from You, to live out the good. Thank You, Lord, for being with us to make everything work together into the most excellent harmonies. Amen.