Summer Soul Refresher: Whatever Is Lovely

By   •   July 17, 2017   •   Topics: ,

“Put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." —Colossians 3:14, ESV

This is part 5 of the 6-week Summer Soul Refresher series from BGEA. Catch up on part 1: Whatever is True, part 2: Whatever is Honorable, part 3: Whatever is Just and part 4: Whatever is Pure.

“She’s a lovely person.”

Have you ever used those words to describe someone? Maybe it was a friend who reached out when you were sick, grieving—or just going through a hard time. Or was it a complete stranger whose caring words made you feel special and loved?

As we study Philippians 4:8 and strive to take every thought captive, let’s consider “whatever is lovely.”

Ruth Bell Graham smiling
Ruth Bell Graham lived out her faith through her love for others. “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” —Proverbs 31:26

Lovely generally means something that is beautiful, but in this Bible reference, it’s about loving others through pleasing thoughts, actions and conversations.

Ruth Bell Graham, Billy Graham’s beloved late wife, is remembered as a lovely woman.

“She loved God’s people, especially those who needed a helping hand, a guiding touch or a loving hug,” Franklin Graham shared shortly after his mother passed away.

He said his mother “treated everyone the way Jesus showed us. She delighted in doing things that you never heard about—cooking for a sick neighbor, teaching Sunday school and visiting the jail.”

Jesus Christ was a friend to seemingly unlovable people during His time on earth, and believers are called to imitate Him. Though we’re not all naturally compassionate and kind, we can aspire to be with God’s help.

Having the mind of Christ starts with a positive and friendly outlook toward others. Find insight through these resources and see how He can transform your thoughts—and your heart—to be pleasing and lovely:

Have you ever asked, “Who am I?” This devotion includes a quick test to help you find out.
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Read and share.

What does it mean when the Bible says I need to “die to self?”
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Listen to this 1-minute clip from Billy Graham for the answer.

Can God change my heart and give me compassion for others?
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Read and share this devotion from Billy Graham.

Some people are just hard to love.
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Learn how to see people through Christ’s eyes.

Find life-changing power to truly love others.
>> Read and share this devotion from Billy Graham on his personal step of faith.

I want to live for Christ. Where do I start?
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Surrender your life to Christ today.

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28 Comments

  1. Jeff Wilson says:

    A fresh reminder of what lovely really is.

  2. Anna Fowler says:

    I needed this to start my day.

  3. Sarah J Brown says:

    I want to thank my mom for introducing me to Rev. Graham many years ago through your TV broadcasts. She died in 2007. I am still a believer and I often wonder where I would be today without her gift to me.

  4. CONNIE SNOW says:

    The Lord has shown me how to love people without judging even though I may question their ways and lifestyles. I pray for all people, especially fellow believers and the martyrs for Christ. When He comes again, all will be set right according to Scripture. I pray now for radical change in the hearts of all people in the Name of Jesus.

  5. Steph Middleton Baklik says:

    Thank you so much for your ministry. I remember walking down to the floor of the Astrodome approximately 40 years ago in response to Rev. Graham’s teaching of Christ. As I struggle with my faith right now (alone), I wonder if your ministry might have a resource of faith for my walk. If no, that’s ok. Jesus will provide a way. Thank you & God bless you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, Steph, and for leaving this comment. Someone from our team will be happy to get in touch with you through email. In the meantime, you can find spiritual growth resources here:
      https://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/
      https://goingfarther.net/

  6. JonlI l Gaither Lewis says:

    Ever since I have been an adult, Billy Graham and his ministry has been an inspiration to me. Thank you for 60 years of guidance with the truth of God’s Word. Praying for the ministry and support when I can.

  7. Myrna Cigelske says:

    I am truly inspired by the Billy Graham programs, ministries, and teachings! And I was especially moved by learning of the kindness and love in this “Whatever is Lovely” writing about Ruth Bell Graham! Thank you so much!