Fix Your Thoughts on What Is Right
We tend to think that ‘positive’ thinking and ‘mindfulness’ are something new. We have this idea 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. This verse is taken out of a letter by the apostle Paul to the Church in Philippi in the first century. Paul 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 persecution.
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
Even When Things Are Going Wrong
When you look at some of the themes of the letter, you begin to understand that they were going through some tough times. In the final chapter of the letter Paul writes to rejoice in the Lord, and 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 that what we allow to occupy our minds, will eventually affect what we say and what we do!
The Choice Is Ours.
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. As we do, they will bring joy and strength to our spirits. If we are anxious about anything, we need to bring our anxieties to God in prayer. And then to leave them with Him. In faith 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