Choosing Joy:Philippians 4:8-9

August 27, 2019

Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

What we allow our minds to focus on influences our actions. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to what we are thinking about. Are we focusing on the freedom we have in Christ? Are we intentionally renewing our minds with God’s truth? Or are we allowing our minds to replay over and over again our past mistakes, untruths, or hurtful words spoken? God made our minds to be powerful, but we must learn how to cultivate thoughts that are helpful and life-giving instead of harmful and hurtful. What we think about many times we bring about. Let’s examine our lives and the information we are allowing to influence our minds through television, books, and the internet. May we choose to focus on God’s truth instead of the world. 


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