Thursday Thought — Philippians 4:8 through the lens of Abuse
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. Philippians 4:8 ESV
Finally, brothers, whatever is:
True: revealing truth, exposing lies, false doctrine, and hypocrisy
Honorable: staying the course, not backing down, not being swayed through intimidation. Not by abusers, not by their enablers. Protecting the innocent and vulnerable. Standing up to bullies. Choosing not to remain naive. Choosing instead to bear the reproach of the oppressed, and all of its discomfort.
Just: recognizing what is just and what is unjust, and crying out for justice.
Pure: seeing those who have been abused and manipulated as God sees them. Through the pure lens of empathy and compassion, not the muddled lens of tradition and bias.
Lovely: creating a safe place for victims, and sharing the burdens of hurting souls.
Commendable: giving the downtrodden a voice, shouting it from the rooftops.
Excellent: Biblical studies (in context).
Worthy of Praise: things which are done with the heart of Christ are worthy of praise. I believe all of the above fits that.
…think about these things.
(by Randy Stephenson, a commenter on ACFJ)
from our GEMS — Great Quotes page