June 24, 2013

I always considered the definition of peace as the absence of conflict. But the commentary describes peace as “the dispeller of anxious care.” More definitions came to light in today’s verse.

Philippians 4:8, “For the rest, brethren, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”

Virtue and piety were listed together in the commentary.

“Piety and true morality are inseparable. Piety is love with its face towards God; morality is love with its face towards man…praiseworthy – not that Christians should make man’s praise their aim (John 12:43); but they should live so as to deserve man’s praise.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II