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.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. —Philippians 4:8-9
How does a Christian imitate a book? We read the Bible. This very book was written, John 20:31, so that you and I may believe that Jesus is the Christ. Reading the Bible is the resolve to imitating the Word. To believing. To thinking, about these things.
Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus knew the thoughts of those who praised Him and those who wanted evidence of Him. How do we example Christ if not in our reading of Him, the thinking of Him? Our lives exhibit our thoughts.
We were given this book to have an understanding of it. To have what Jesus promised, ‘the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to teach us all things and bring to our remembrance all that Jesus says.’ There is an encouragement to read and think on the Word.
There Is A Peace, A Defense
Will your life be questioned? In many ways it is every day. Why does he have a joy? Why does she have a peace? Why is he feeling up when he should be down? Why is she looking ahead instead of back? Because it honors the Lord to have a holy defense. To have a reason, an answer for the way you think.
Having a blessed view on life comes from the Word. We are a people storied in hope.
So let’s go Christians, read.