Today I will occupy my mind with thoughts that are pleasant and healthy. In Philippians 4:8, Paul writes:
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
According to Philippians 4:7, supernatural peace is a benefit of prayer (see yesterday's post). However, in addition to communicating with the Lord in prayer, Christians also need to fill our minds with the right things. If good food is necessary for physical health, then good thoughts are necessary for mental and spiritual health.
Notice that Paul first encourages us to meditate on things that are true. Jesus said in John 8:32 that the truth that we know makes us free. When we ponder, embrace, and repeat those things that we know to be true, the result is that God’s truth becomes a part of us. Paul also says to meditate on things that are noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.
- Noble things are things that are worthy of honor and respect.
- Right things are things that are consistent with God’s holiness and righteousness.
- Pure things are free from corruption.
- Lovely things are pleasing and attractive.
- And admirable things are those things that enjoy a good reputation.
Such things, according to Paul are excellent and praiseworthy; the benefits will be beneficial for life and action. Paul could have listed other things to meditate on, but his point is clear: we need to mediate on those things that glorify God and that inspire us to emulate Jesus Christ.
My prayer for you today is that God will will help you to fill your mind with healthy thoughts. You can begin this process by creating a list of things for which you are thankful. Thanksgiving is an intentional practice that focuses us on the love and goodness of God. If you have not yet watched my short video entitled "An Attitude of Gratitude, I invite you to do so now.
I pray that today will be one of tremendous joy and blessing as you think on how God is moving in your life. Have a wonderful day!
Wilfred Graves Jr.