This post is part of the Five Minute Friday writing community link-up where we write for five minutes on a one word prompt. Today’s word is ‘right’.
This verse immediately came to mind:
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 of praiseworthy – think about such things.Philippians 4:8
We tend to think that ‘positive’ thinking and ‘mindfulness’ are something new, that they are twenty first century concepts, but that is not the case. The importance of our thought life has been recognised from the wisdom of Solomon onward and this verse is taken out of a letter by the apostle Paul to the Church in Philippi. Paul, himself, was a prisoner in Rome at the time that he wrote this letter. The city of Philippi was a prosperous Roman colony but the new Christian Church was experiencing a time of opposition and even persecution. When you look at some of the themes of the letter, you begin to understand that actually they were going through some tough times. In the final chapter of the letter Paul writes to rejoice in the Lord, not to be anxious about anything and then ‘finally’ he encourages and exhorts the people to concentrate their thoughts on what is right. Paul understood the influence of our thought’s – what we allow to occupy our minds, will eventually affect what we say and what we do!
Sometimes we have to make a choice, if we are to rejoice in the Lord, we need to remember His love, faithfulness and promises to us, which will bring joy and strength to our spirits. If we are not to be anxious about anything, we need to bring our anxieties to God in prayer – and then leave them with Him, believing that He hears and care for us, and that we can receive His peace. If we want to live a life that is morally and spiritually pleasing to God, then we need to think on what is right! The right here is what is just, what is righteous in God’s sight, not other people’s – that is what we need to think on and put into practice…
A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority. (Booker T. Washington)Tweet
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