Think on These Things part 2
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8 KJV
This is a continuation of last week’s post on what the Bible says we should be thinking about. To see last week’s post go here:
Think on Things that are Pure
We should be thinking on things that are pure, that are free from mixture, that are free from moral defilement, that are incorrupt, that are clean, chaste, genuine and innocent.
We should not be thinking on things that are impure, that are foul, that are mixed, obscene or unchaste, that are unclean or unholy.
Think on Things that are Lovely
From the scripture verse above, which tells us what God wants us to be thinking about, we should be thinking (and speaking) on things that are lovely, that are amiable, that are beautiful, that are charming and pleasing.
We should not be thinking (or speaking) on things that are unlovely, that are not amiable, that possess qualities that excite dislike.
Think on Things that are of Good Report
We should be thinking on things that are of good report, that are a message, news or story that is good, that is kind, honorable, virtuous, useful or favorable and on things that are well spoken of.
We should not be thinking on things that are of a bad report, that are a bad message, bad news, or a bad story. (Reports that we get from the doctor come to my mind here. Do not dwell on the bad ones. Also bad news from the mainline news reporters comes to mind here.)
Think on Things that have Virtue
Think on things that have virtue, that have strength, that have moral goodness, that have moral excellence.
Do not think on things that have no virtue, that is weak, that is morally corrupt, that is morally weak or poor.
Think on Things that have Praise
Think (and speak) things that are praise-worthy, laudable and commendable.
Do not think (or speak) on things that are not worthy of praise or commendation.
There you have it, between part 1 and part 2 I went over all the qualitites of things that this scripture verse says we are to be thinking about. I think this is meant as an addition to scripture mediation or thinking on God Himself. We can apply this as a grid or test to everything else in life that we are tempted to think about.
If you catch yourself (and who won’t?) thinking something that does not fit this grid, don’t beat yourself up about it! Don’t just excuse it either. Simply confess it to God, ask for forgiveness and keep on going.
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