Do You Think in a Way That Pleases God

Philippians 4:8 Meaning

Last updated on November 18th, 2019


What is the meaning of Philippians 4:8? Let’s find out. Philippians 4:8 states, “8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [e]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [f]dwell on these things.

First let’s consider what it means to dwell on these things. The Greek Word for dwell is logizomai. According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, logizomai means “to consider, take account, weigh, meditate on: τί, a thing, with a view to obtaining it”.  Now that we have that understanding, here are the Greek words for each of these things to be meditated on.

Greek words

True (alēthēs): true (as not concealing):—true, truly, truth.

Honorable (semnos): venerable, i.e. honorable:—grave, honest

Right (dikaios): in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God;

Pure (hagnos): properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect:—chaste, clean, pure.

Lovely (prosphilēs): friendly towards, i.e. acceptable, pleasing:—lovely.

Good repute (euphēmos): well spoken of, i.e. reputable:—of good report.

Excellence (aretē): Any particular moral excellence, as modesty, purity;

Worthy of praise (epainos): a commendable thing:—praise.


It’s always really interesting to get a broader sense of what these words in scripture mean through looking up the Greek. Something you should consider with words in certain verses you’re not entirely sure what’s being meant. So take some time today to think about these things. Try to make it habit to have these things on your mind daily. Lastly, consider whether the thoughts you’ve been dwelling on have been in contrast to these things you’re supposed to be dwelling on. I hope this gave greater understanding of the meaning of Philippians 4:8.

Peace to you all in Christ.
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5 thoughts on “Do You Think in a Way That Pleases God

    1. Hi thethingswehideinside. That’s excellent that verse drew you to join the faith. Thanks for sharing that. Indeed, a challenge for us to overcome the thoughts in our mind.

      Peace to you in Christ.

  1. Good encouragement. To get a sense of the depth and breath of scripture is like exploring the universe of truths and threads of Gods thoughts that we were meant to understand. What before were puzzle pieces now come together. The extra work is more than worth it.

  2. Self talk is so important. It helps to redirect our minds. David used it in the Psalm 42:11, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” In trials, I’ve redirected my thoughts with this Scripture and Philippians 4:8. May your thoughts be directed toward God. Karen

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