“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8Hcsb Bible
So I was reading my daily verse and chapter of the day and this came across. I know it’s a favorite verse of many but the reason it is, is that it holds such great truth to it. How many of us sit for a moment in silence and ponder on good things and things that would bring honor to the Lord?
I know for me, especially as I was growing up, I would think about what it would be like to dream and be a quarterback of a team or be a pilot of some sorts just because those were two of my dreams growing up. Sometimes, I’ll catch myself thinking about getting a better job or how to save up and invest because I’m an old man that way( at least that’s what my wife calls me haha).
Even though those things weren’t in and of themselves bad, we do sometimes ponder and dwell on things that wouldn’t bring honor to the Lord. We will think about ways to sin or the latest movie or fashion trend that definitely doesn’t bring glory to God. Why do we catch ourselves dwelling on things that God would be repulsed by if we are Christians and love Jesus? It’s because we are sinners.
Paul writes here because he knows that the way we think is the way that we go.
If we dwell on carnal and sinful things then that’s where our bodies will go naturally. If we focus on noble things such as Gods word obviously but also things like the testimonies of selfless individuals and characters then that’s where our personality and actions will go towards.
Our actions are our habitual thoughts made public. If we think and dwell on comparing ourselves to others then we will become jealous and bitter because we will always find someone that’s better than us in some area. If we dwell on lustful things then we’re more likely to act upon those thoughts. If we dwell on violence and other things, our actions and attitudes towards others will portray that very thought pattern.
So in closing, be humble, take every thought captive and dwell on the good and noble things in life so that you can continue to grow closer to God and farther away from your sinful past. I hope you have a great day.