Philippians 4:8 NASB
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Emphasis is mine.
There is, without a doubt, an abundance of negativity surrounding all of us, on a daily basis. Actually, the sheer amount of negativity as of late is mind boggling, when you stop to think about it. And far too often, if you are like me, we can too easily allow that negativity to overshadow all of the really good things that are also still around us, especially as we ponder how God deals with us.
Who among us, isn’t indebted to Jesus for following the will of our heavenly Father, and opening a way, through His own perfect obedience, for us, so that we could be reconciled with our Holy heavenly Father again? Who among us, isn’t thankful for God’s mercy, patience and faithfulness? And who among us, isn’t mindful that there, but for the grace of God, no matter who or what we are looking at, could just as easily, go us?
A word of encouragement is so easy to give, an act of forgiveness towards someone who has wronged us, so easy to impart, and an act of helping others, with no mind of return, so easy to extend, considering all that has been given to us. There is so much that we take for granted, so much that we easily forget.
We do need to balance the scales of what comes into our minds, that which can mold our hearts and the lifting and infilling of our spirits with God’s Holy Spirit, by offsetting all the negativity that so easily comes in, with more of that which is good, that which is commendable, that which is right and that which is worthy of praise.
Take the time to thank God for being who He is, that He IS holy, that He IS love, that He IS merciful and that He IS so . . ., so . . ., patient, with all of us. Be mindful of all of our blessings and extend those blessings to others, as they have been extended to us. Balance those scales so that our thoughts do not send us, where they ought not to be.
” . . . think about these things.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!