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).
I believe the word excellent is widely misused. It is defined as possessing outstanding quality or superior merit, remarkably good. Given this definition, how many people or things do we label as excellent that do not possess outstanding quality or superior merit? The answer: too many to count.
The truth is the definition of excellent is going to vary from person to person, but Paul lists seven things that are excellent and profitable in Titus 3:1-2: “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men” (NIV). If you desire to be excellent, you must purpose in your heart and mind to live according to these verses. Examine yourself as I go through them.
It is not uncommon for me to hear Christians bad mouth and ridicule anyone from bosses to pastors to the President and so on. If you do not agree with those God has established over you, submit to their authority anyway and pray for them.
Partial obedience is disobedience. Are you doing something God has not asked you to do? Perhaps you are avoiding something He has told you to do.
You have to put yourself in position to do whatever is good. Many people wind up doing or saying things they regret because they set themselves up for failure. Set yourself up for success.
Now let me ask you some questions. Do you slander or gossip about others, or do you uplift with your words? Are you pursuing peace with everyone you are in relationship with? Do you put the needs of others above your own? Would the people in your life describe you as humble? If you are lacking in any of these areas, I encourage you to commit yourself to excellence today.
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