Are the criteria for what a Christian should ponder given in Philippians 4:8 mutually inclusive?
The answer is " Yes" all those attributes are inclusive, for Paul finishes his verse by writing "think about such things". Rather than letting our minds being dominated by matters of the flesh, we must let our minds and hearts come under the influence of the spirit and thrive on things of the spirit.
What are they? Paul writes:
Philippians 4:8, NIV:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such
Paul listed eight moral qualities. Our thinking and conversations on such matters must measure up to the moral qualities cited by Paul,they deserve our attention so let us consider them in turn.
"True" means being truthful, upright, and trustworthy, something that is real, not merely giving the appearance of being so.
"Noble" refers to things that are dignified and respectful. It evokes a sense of reverence, something that is lofty, noble, and honorable rather than vulgar and low.
"Righteous" means meeting God’s standard, not man’s. Worldly men occupy their minds with unrighteous schemes, but Christians are to think on and take delight in things that are righteous in God’s sight..
"Pure" means chaste and holy not only in conduct "sexual or otherwise" but also in thought and motive. “The wisdom from above is first of all chaste," says James. Jesus, who is “pure,” is the perfect example for us to consider.
“Lovable” is that which incites and inspires love in others. We are to “consider one another to incite to love and fine works,” rather than put our minds on things that arouse hatred, bitterness, and contention.
"Admirable" means not just being “reputable” or “of good report” but also, in the active sense, being upbuilding and commending. We set our minds on things that are wholesome and upbuilding rather than demeaning and offensive.
"Excellent" basically means "goodness" or “moral excellence,” in line with God's standards.
"Praiseworthy" things are truly so if the praise comes from God or from authority duly recognized by him.