The Philippians 4:8 Method of Scripture Meditation


Theology in Motion

Philippians 4:8 reads, “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.”

Professor and author Donald Whitney recommends using this verse as a guide for meditating on a passage of Scripture. You simply choose a passage of Scripture, walk through the list of traits in Philippians 4:8, and ask how the passage reflects each trait.

A question to ask for each trait is, “What is _____ about it?”

So what is a truth from the passage that we need to remember? What about this passage is honorable? And it’s a simple as that.

Using Philippians 4:8 in Meditation

To give an example, let’s walk through Romans 5:6-11:

“6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the…

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