“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 (HCSB)
This verse has been haunting me the last few days. I have it on a plaque in my bathroom so that each morning and evening I am reminded where my thoughts should dwell. But to be honest, my mind hasn’t been dwelling on any of those things.
So I couldn’t help but come back to this verse and break it apart. Maybe you need to see what this verse is not saying in order to dwell on what it is saying.
The opposite of true is false.
Do you live in the lies of your head? Do you self-shame or talk down to yourself in the lies of this world? Do you say “I am not smart enough” “I am not pretty enough” “I don’t have the confidence” “There isn’t hope for me”?
Let’s be clear that none of those are true. They are falsehoods and lies and you have to stop telling yourself that. We wouldn’t tell a friend that so why would we tell ourselves? You have a hope, a confidence found in Christ. You are more than because of Him. You are loved so much that God sent His Son for you. Yes, you. Find truth to speak into your life, into your mind each day. You are loved. You are beautiful/handsome/interesting/compelling simply because you are. There are no other qualifiers for that. Dwell in the truth that you are who HE says you are, not what lies you tell yourself or you allow the devil to sell you.
What is not honorable is dishonorable.
Would you want what you think on to be posted on the front page of the paper, or on a billboard by your workplace? I’ll just be honest here and say “ABSOLUTELY NOT!” Because
sometimes all the time I find myself not honoring others with my thoughts, and I definitely don’t honor myself with the thoughts I think. Ultimately I am not honoring God with those either. Even if we never speak them, He knows. We know. Instead of immediately thinking the worst judgements for someone, turn those dishonorable thoughts on their head and dwell on the honoring and life-giving words for someone else and yourself.
This topic is becoming very dear to my heart and life so throughout this week I will tackle the remaining parts of this verse. So join me back here to see how we shift our thoughts and hopefully see our thinking change in regards to ourselves and others so that in loving Him we love others (as well as ourselves) as an outpouring.