Good morning people who believe the best about others
Yesterday we talked about choosing to think about whatever is true. Today let’s look at whatever is noble.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) 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.
The word noble means ‘honourable, regard character with great respect’.
There is a link between what we talked about yesterday and what I feel today. As I mentioned, too often we think about what we hear from unreliable sources and pass judgement on Christians who are spoken badly about (even though much of it is not true). We buy into the lie that says we need to find out if it is true – “we need to know!”
Respectfully, no we don’t. We try to disguise gossip, slander and self-righteousness under the guise of discernment and being informed. Why?
It is not our place to be the moral police and to place every person on trial. It is our place to choose to believe the best, to pray for others and to speak well of fellow Christians – regardless of what the media and others say.
“I wonder what would happen if we prayed for people instead of talking about them? I wonder what you will choose to think about and act on the next time you hear something negative about one of God’s children?”