Philippians 4:8 Part 8
8 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.
How thankful are you? Are you someone who rarely says thank you to those around you? Do you tend to find fault everywhere you turn? I bet if you’re not that person you know someone who is. There are plenty of people who fit that description.
I bet there were the same type of people back in Paul’s day. Ungrateful, not responsible, not accountable. They refuse to acknowledge the good deeds of others, preferring instead to find the one thing that wasn’t done right. The scribes and Pharisees in Jesus day are a perfect example. Look at all the good Jesus was doing, yet all they could see was the people following Him instead of them.
If there be any praise, think on these things. Now we start out by giving praise to God, of course. And there is NEVER a time that He is not worthy of our praise – NEVER. No matter what is going wrong in your life, there are a million things going right that you can praise Him for unless you are dead, and then hopefully you will be praising Him in heaven. There is always reason to give Him praise! Are you breathing? Praise Him for the sair He supplies. Can you see? Praise Him for the sunlight, even on the cloudy days it’s still there! Are you sick? Praise Him that your blood is still flowing through your body. Do you have cancer (Yes, I do)? Praise Him that your breathing, that He gave the doctors amazing knowledge, that you still have sight, hearing, taste, touch, the list is endless of things I can praise Him for, not matter what my situation. Give Him praise.
But this verse goes beyond that. If there be any praise! What about that janitor in your church who does such a good job – doesn’t he deserve some praise? How about the grocery clerk who helped you out with your groceries? Or the bank teller who helps you with a transaction? Or the convenience store clerk who assisted you today? Don; these people deserved praise – in the way of a thank you? A simple thank you is praise in it’s simplest form. And we as a church need to be doing more of it. An attitude of gratitude is what it is often called.
Our world today has lost a lot in this area, and we need to show the way. We as a church should be the most grateful people alive. We should never have reason to gripe and complain. So many blessings have been lavished upon us by our Heavenly Father. Let’s let the world know that gratitude is he way to go!