Whatever is Noble

Philippians 4:8 — Finally, brothers, 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 (NIV).

Think about whatever is noble. The word noble in this verse comes from the Greek word semnos. It is actually translated as the English word honest. The definition of semnos is dignity; a majestic and awe-inspiring quality that invites and attracts.

I have learned we eventually become whatever it is we think about. If you think happy thoughts, odds are you are a happy person. If you view the glass as half empty, you’re likely a negative person. If you want to be noble, you must think about whatever is dignified, majestic, or awe-inspiring, and then live that way. Noble thoughts are centered on God and His word. He is dignified, majestic, and awe-inspiring. When you fix your mind on Him, you will want to be like Him.

Nobility is an attractive quality. People are drawn to individuals that are honest in thought and deed. On the other hand, people tend to avoid those who are dishonest and have poor character. Many unsaved people are turned off of God because a lot of Christians do not think, look, or act godly. Their thinking is carnal, and they do not meditate on whatever is noble.

Be careful not to become snobbish in your thinking, though. Being noble doesn’t mean you look down at those who are not. The noble Christian leads by example. I encourage you today to evaluate your way of thinking. Maybe you think about things that are good, but they are not noble.

I challenge you to begin focusing on the person of Jesus Christ, His majestic and awe-inspiring qualities. As you do, you’ll become more like Him, and people will be attracted to Him through you.

Luke 8:15 — “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop” (NIV).

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