Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:8,9
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Paul has been writing about the peace of God (v. 7). Now he writes about our thought life. A verse came to me that put these two things — peace and our thoughts — together. It is Isaiah 26:3 — “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts you.” What we think about affects us greatly. Our thoughts can make us sad or glad. It can affect our behavior as we act on the things we are thinking about.
Look at the things Paul tells us to think about — things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent things and things worthy of praise. When we think on these things we feel better about ourselves and we are more prone to act on that which is true and honorable. Our minds have tremendous power over our emotions and behavior.
Self-talk is what we do when we are alone and we are thinking about things. We begin to talk to ourselves into despair or into happiness. When we focus on the negatives, we get negative. But when we focus on the positive, we get positive direction for life.
Read the passage again and do what it tells us to do. Think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable. “If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” You will be surprised what will happen when you do!
Lord Jesus, I yield my thoughts to You and to those things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable. Let my mind dwell on those things that please You and I know that I will experience Your peace in my heart.
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