Consider the Best – Philippians 4:8

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things.

(NRSV – 4:8 f Gk take account of)


When considering those with whom you share faith and serve Christ, always “take account of” these qualities. Paul’s command is to always consider the most noble things when thinking about and dealing with your brothers in the faith. Don’t default to the worst. Assume the best. This is the biblical approach to relationships.

g3049. λογίζομαι logizomai; middle voice from 3056; to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literally or figuratively): — conclude, (ac-)count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).
AV (41) – think 9, impute 8, reckon 6, count 5, account 4, suppose 2, reason 1, number 1, misc 5;
to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count overto take into account, to make an account of, metaph. to pass to one’s account, to impute a thing is reckoned as or to be something, i.e. as availing for or equivalent to something, as having the like force and weight; to number among, reckon

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