Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 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. 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.
What does your thought life look like? What do you think about when you daze off in class or at work? What are you seeking?
In life, your thoughts are the things that no one else will see. No one else can hear. No one else even knows about them right now. But your thoughts will come out later in life. A variety of people have said it like this: “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions.”
We often think of our thoughts as just our own. We think they can’t hurt anyone else, but they can when they become actions. How many regrets in life have started with a bad idea? (More than you can count.)
In this passage, Paul tells us to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy”. What are all of these things? What thing(s) could possibly cover all of these areas? It’s simple, but so rich: The Word of God.
God’s word is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. This should be at the basis of everything that we think about. Our thought life should blossom out of a relationship with God and with His words.
The Psalmist puts it like this in Psalms 1:1-2
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.”
Did you catch that last line? Who meditates on his (God) law day and night. When we think about God’s word all the time, our actions are affected by it in a positive way. When we think about God’s words constantly, they will come out in practice in life. The more we think about His’ words, the easier and more often they will come out in our everyday lives.
So what are you thinking about most? What do your actions say about your thought life?
Pastor Levi's thoughts on Christianity and Christians. I will try to update this every Monday.