11th June 2020
“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 or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to think a bad thought, and then that thought spirals out of control? I sometimes catch myself doing this and can take that negative thought so far that I end up crying as I’ve just put all of my thoughts into imagining a terrible situation that will probably never happen! If you think about it, anxiety, fear and worry live in our mind. This is why God promises His peace to guard our minds, as the mind is the first thing to be attacked by anxiety. In this scripture, Paul is telling the Philippians to keep their mind focused on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. I believe that this list describes attributes of Jesus. When I ponder on this more, we should really just keep our mind focused on Jesus as He is all we need in this life. The last phrase in that verse, “think about such things”, refers to a continuous activity. Paul is encouraging the Philippians to continually allow their thoughts to abide in Christ. When you purposefully and continually think about whatever is true, excellent and praiseworthy, you won’t be able to help but to let God’s peace guard your heart and mind and remove all anxious thoughts and feelings. Today, we can take this verse into consideration by meditating on good thoughts. God has given us a powerful mind and we need to always be conscious of what type of thoughts we are letting enter into the mind. If we let thoughts of fear and worry enter in, then it is easy for anxiety to overtake in our mind. However, if we choose to focus on godly virtues and good thoughts, we will let the peace of Christ rule in our mind. God wants us to live free from anxiety and He has made His peace available to us every day for all of life’s situations we may face.