Whatever Is Excellent – Thu – 21-04-22

Do you have a favorite food? I have several, such as homemade biscuits and gravy followed by dessert of biscuits and jam – all with a tall glass of milk! I love breakfast foods, steaks, pork chops, and salads. I could go on and on, but I need to stop — or I’ll be getting hungry!

What I find interesting is the way we describe our favorite foods. Not the description of the contents, but of the experience of eating it. I’m sure you’ve used the term delicious, and perhaps mouth-watering to describe good food.  Oh, and there is that word too — good. It is probably the most used term to describe food we enjoy. Or perhaps you’ve used a phrase that is similar — full of goodness. If I talk about food that is full of goodness, what do you see or smell? I bet every bit of it is pleasant, not harsh or bitter.

We are encouraged in Philippians 4:8 to think about “whatever is excellent.” The word translated excellent is not used very much in the New Testament. But it is used to describe a quality of God.  In 2 Peter 1:3 it is translated as “virtue” or “goodness.” It is an essential attribute of God. He is full of goodness and virtue. It is how he calls us to be His people. If you want to think about whatever is excellent, one of the best things you can do is think about God.

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