Dwell on These Things

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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

In this verse, Paul lists eight things that we should dwell on: things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent and/or worthy of praise.

That’s a pretty good list, but today I want to focus on two repeated words: whatever and any/thing. Two seemingly simple words, but for some reason Paul repeats them. Every one of the eight things listed is amplified by one of these words.

There’s nothing special about them in the Greek. They mean pretty much exactly what they mean in English: whatever and anything. So, why repeat them?

Paul is trying to emphasize that if we see any one of those eight things, whether together or by itself, we should dwell on it. In my next posts, I’ll focus on each one in turn. But, for now, just think about anything in the list. Find an object, a person, an action, anything worthy of praise, and pause to think about it. Think about it solidly.

Dwell on it!

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