Philippians 4:7-8 NIV 2011
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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.
God’s peace is not actually a psychological state of mind. It is that peace with God provides a sense of serenity as He remains beside believers. John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” Paul continued with what admirable thoughts to remember as they lived their lives. What held space in their minds, influenced their actions. He offered a list of what they mentally needed to ponder. When that is what permeates the brain, the mind and body will act accordingly. Godly thinking leads to peaceful living.
Verse 8 has been a favorite of mine since 1993. We studied Philippians in our Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study, Heart to Heart. This is the thin line that keeps my thoughts upward rather than outward. What is true? The sun will come up tomorrow. What is noble? I need high moral standards. What is right? Always remain faithful. What is pure? Trusting God’s True Word. What is lovely? Choosing to praise God. What is admirable? Striving to be helpful. What is praiseworthy? Joyfully speaking the truth of God. Godly thinking leads me to peaceful living.
What are your thoughts today?
Living peacefully together,