Think About These Things . . .

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!

14 comments

  1. You make a good point Bruce. There is no much acidic negativity in our world, which is too easily passed on, even by believers. Let us seek to reset His loving balance and share Godly love. God bless you and Peggy today brother.

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    • Hi Steve! I saw that. Matter of fact, your post was one of two prods that I “ran across” this morning that motivated me to write mine. I’m thinking that our gracious Lord wanted to remind us all to “balance” just a tad better. Grateful that you’re there! Blessings brother!

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  2. Philippians 4:8 is a verse we need to have memorized. When thoughts come into my mind that I don’t want to think about (usually things from my past), I attack the enemy by reciting this verse. That’s spiritual warfare in action. And it works! Blessings, Bruce!

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  3. Good Scripture for checking our minds, Bruce. When I give my mind over to the Lord each day, I ask Him first to rid it of the depraved (unholy), deceiving (untrue), distracting (unimportant), and depressing/distressing/dark (unnecessarily negative) and fill my mind with what’s true, noble, just … (etc). Not that He needs detailed instructions like that, but I need to go over that mental checklist for my own self examination. Often I know immediately what unimportant thing I’ve been fixating on, or what negative perspective threatens to ruin my day. The mind is such a battlefield!

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    • Agreed Annie, becoming aware of how susceptible our minds can be so easily mis-tuned is another area where we really NEED God to take control. And battlefield is an accurate word! Mind, heart and spirit, our whole being totally dependent on His guidance. Step TWO of every day. First comes praise! Blessings Annie.

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