“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 things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Did you know that the average person has 10,000 separate thoughts each day? That works out to 3.5 million thoughts a year. Already most of us have had over 2,000 separate thoughts since we got out of bed this morning. You’ll probably have another 8,000 before you hit the sack tonight. Then you’ll start all over again tomorrow. The principle behind Paul’s words is simple: Sin always begins in the mind and so does holiness. When Paul says “think about such things,” the command is in the present tense: “Keep on thinking about these things.” Find what is true and think about it. Find the lovely and think about it. Find the virtuous and think about it. Do it and verse 9 says “the God of peace will be with you.” Paul, invites us to raise our sights so that we may be inspired – and transformed – by what is best in this life, for as we do this we will experience ever more fully the peace of the God who created and gave us all those good things in the first place. And don’t stop there! Begin to speak things that are lovely, true, and of a good report: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21 (ESV).
Prayer: Dear God, help us to fasten our eyes on what is best in this life and to allow these thoughts to shape our words and deeds throughout the day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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