Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Because of our religious culture, which is dead set on viewing everything God ever says through the clouded lens of sin-focused condemnation, when we read this scripture we only and exclusively see it as a command for the purpose of wrangling our moral behavior into something acceptable.
But in the context of God’s promises (which 1 Peter 1 tells us are the exact relational tools God uses to change us) we actually get a more godly view of this scripture. There will always be a part of our life’s physical circumstances screaming the opposite of Truth. The world tells us that our relationship, intimacy, and blessing from our Father is based on how well or poor we perform the commandments. Because the “spirit of the world” is fueled by the defeated, depressed, and condemned thoughts of Satan and the fallen angels, it will always be in opposition to the Spirit Who is from God, Who Tells us every second of every day, “You are loved. You are highly regarded by all of heaven. You are absolutely perfect in my sight. I will help you and I’ll never leave you. I will accomplish for you every single one of the promises I’ve ever made to you. And I’ll do it regardless of your sin, your weaknesses, your waywardness, your confusion, your pain, or your lack of faith. Because you are My beloved. You are in My Son Jesus, Whom I love extravagantly and perfectly and forever.”
THAT, my friends, is something true and honorable and right to dwell on.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
-1 Corinthians 2:12”