Philippians 4:8 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 provides a list on the way we should think. It’s important to think according to this list because how we think will determine how we speak and how we speak will determine what we experience in our lives (see Proverbs 18:21).

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

For instance, it tells us to think on things that are pure. If we spend our time thinking on things that are impure, we’ll eventually speak and act on those impure things. Those actions don’t honor God. If we think on things of a negative report instead of a good report, we’ll eventually begin to speak negatively about our lives or the lives of others.

We’ve been given power and authority with our speech, however, if our thinking is out of control then our speech will be out of control. If our speech is out of control, we can never experience God’s best.