Philippians 4:8-9 NIV 2011
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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Paul tied up the end of his letter to the Philippians by giving them a moral compass to live their lives. Whatever occupied their minds would propel their lives. He challenged them to not only “think about such things,” but also then he boldly stated, “put it into practice.” Acting according to their right thoughts would lead to lives lived for the glory of God. Paul’s words to the Corinthians were much the same. 1 Corinthians 4:16, “Therefore, I urge you to imitate me.” Practicing praiseworthy, truthful thinking guarantees God’s peaceful presence.
How many times over the years would I say, “What was I thinking?” I can thankfully say not as many as before the spring of 1992. During our Thursday morning Heart to Heart church Bible study each of us that day chose this as a life verse. We all needed to get our minds right with the Master as many of us felt we had slipped into the ditch of “not so gracious” thoughts. I find “right thinking” does guarantee God’s peaceful presence.
How does right thinking guarantee His presence?
Daily focused on Jesus,