Whatsoever things are of good report
The Greek word EUPHEMOS translated as of good report, admirable, or commendable appears only once in scripture. It is pronounced YOO’-fay-mos. It is Strong’s G2163 which is from the combination of two Greek words eu (YOO) which is translated as well, well done and good and phēmē (FAY may) meaning fame or report.
The contemporary definition and synonyms for admirable are:
definition: arousing or deserving respect and approval.
synonyms: commendable · worthy of admiration · worthy of commendation · praiseworthy · laudable · meritorious · exemplary · exceptional · notable · honorable · worthy · deserving · respectable · worthwhile · excellent · good · superb · outstanding · marvelous · wonderful · magnificent · impressive
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Well done good and faithful servant
I can’t think of a better report than hearing these words from the Father “well done good and faithful servant.”
Not only was the Apostle Paul telling the Philippians to think about the good job they and their fellow believers were doing in their walk imitating Paul as he was imitating Yeshua, he was also telling them to remember that when they finish their race, this is the report they want to hear.
It is easy to want to give up and complain when things seem to be going against us. But we need to keep up the good fight in pursuit of a good report. We need to always consider taking the admirable and commendable action.
1 Peter 2:19 (NIV) For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
Matthew 5:16 (ESV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Heavenly Father, I want to hear the words “Well done good and faithful servant” at the end of my race. Not from a sense of winning for the sake of winning, but because I truly desire to please You. Help me to stay strong and run my race in an admirable and commendable way.
Up next – If there be any Virtue
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