Updated: Sep 13, 2018
THINK THE RIGHT THINGS
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)
On any given day our minds and lives are bombarded with negative thoughts & circumstances. We face countless hardships, we hear negative words about other people, we think negative thoughts about the things we go through. We are bombarded with negative images when we turn on our televisions. The world today seems to be an endless stream of negativity through so many avenues it's no wonder so many people can't seem to escape having a negative mindset towards life. One would automatically think with being surrounded by so much negativity it would be impossible to think on and keep positive thoughts.
While there is so much negativity surrounding us we do not have to allow this negativity to seep in and control our thoughts. We have the ability as people to decide what takes root in our minds, and further as children of God we have the power through the a Holy Spirit to not only control what we think, but to also walk in it.
Now you may be thinking how can we accomplish this, well the Apostle Paul lays it our very clearly here in this text. It's important to know that Paul is not telling us to ignore the issues of life, but we should not dwell on them; especially the things that bring harm. Finally brethren;
Whatever things are true: instead of believing lies, falsehoods or accusations; think on things that are faithful, bring life and provide accuracy.
Whatever things are noble: instead of self seeking or selfish ways to be or of all the ways you've been hurt by others actions of dishonesty; think of exhibiting characteristics that show integrity and honor.
Whatever things are just; instead of all the unfair things that have happened to you; think on showing fairness to others despite how you feel.
Whatever things are pure: instead of the harshness and impure things of the world; think of the holiness of God that still surrounds us.
Whatever things are lovely: instead of the horrible actions of mankind; think of the wonderful mercy of God.
Whatever things are of a good report: instead of thinking on how to tear each other reputations down; think of how to build each other up.