To Be Noble

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According to Philippians 4:8, whatever is noble is listed second among the many things upon which we are to think (cf. NKJV). How often do we make the effort to focus on the noble? Do we even really know what the word means? After all, it isn’t a term that is used very often. Essentially, the noble person is one who commands the respect of their peers. They inspire confidence in others and cause them to desire to improve and do better. They make you want to be a better person. So how is the term/idea used in Scripture? A couple of Old Testament examples are helpful in this regard. 

Often we read about warriors who are described as “mighty men of valor” (cf. Joshua 8:3). These people in God’s army are known for being strong and courageous. They take a stand and do not back down. Do you and I have to be on a battlefield to be noble? No, we just have to be on the Lord’s side, fighting for what is true and good (Eph. 6:10-18). 

Another example is that of Ruth. She never fought in any wars, but she was indeed noble! Ruth had a reputation from all who knew of her for being virtuous (3:11). She was fiercely loyal to her mother-in-law and was a tireless worker (2:11-12). And she was devoted to God and would not abandon Him (1:16-17). The same should be said of us that we are loyal and hard-working people who can be counted on to stand for what is right. 

Let us think about what it means to be noble!

Bart Warren
South Green Street church of Christ
Glasgow, KY

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