For the last few weeks on Whimsical Wednesdays linkup day, we’ve discussed negative internal chatter and what Paul has placed on the “to-think” list in Phil. 4:8 in order to replace negative thought cycles.
This week when I read additional translations of the verse, the New Living translation stood out in my mind as it begins the list with the phrase: Fix your thoughts on… The command of the verse with the ‘understood you’ gives me hope that Paul knew this needed to be a command, because it wasn’t going to be an easy task, but one that would require focus.
As we continue our discussion on ridding ourselves of ugly negative internal chatter this week, our focus word from Phil.4:8 this week is very transforming in power:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (emphasis mine)
Though in the last year or so, I’ve rarely watched television, one of my favorite types of shows to watch are those where trash is turned into treasure.
You know, Grandma has this ugly ol’ piece of furniture that’s been tucked up in the attic for years and her granddaughter, Susie, wants to repair it, sand it down, and stain it. Before the show is over, this incredible transformation has occurred. The ugly duckling furniture now appears as a beautiful showpiece.
When Paul chose the word “lovely” in this New Testament verse, he didn’t know one thing about the English language. The original Greek word he used has been translated to mean “acceptable” or “pleasing” in the English language.
The Greek word Paul used is “prosphiles” and I find it so interesting that this is the one time this word is used in the entire Bible. When broken down, the word is “pros” means ‘toward‘ and the word “phileos” means ‘to love.’
(Side note, sorry: Why do I suddenly feel like watching the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding? moving along…)
But really, Paul, we should be thinking thoughts that move us proactively to love others? That’s kind of tough, isn’t it?
I believe we touched on this the first week in the negative internal chatter discussion, but truly I feel that Paul is telling us…
if we will think of others, in love, our selfish negative internal chatter will cease.
if we will think thoughts that move us toward love, the downward spiral of “me” thoughts will vanish.
if we will think in the direction of love, we won’t be thinking in the direction of hate.
if we will think lovely thoughts, the negative internal chatter will be unable to catch up because
lovely thoughts move us towards lovely actions.
What do you think about Paul’s use of the word “lovely?” Would you leave a comment with your thoughts?
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