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)
Yesterday I started this series, sharing on the opposite of what this verse is saying. Today we are going to look at the next two.
If it’s not just, it’s unjust.
I immediately jumped to injustice when I see this. But that’s not the case…fully. It means we are being prejudice. It means we are being biased, partial and one-sided. Ever have thoughts like that? I’ll step out and say I have many, many times. I find I am partial to my own voice or opinions, or ones that are very similar to mine, especially in an argument.
But that’s not what it being said that we should think on. No we should be thinking on things that are just.That means we would have open minds that are equitable to all people, situations and circumstances. That means I don’t dwell on biased thoughts or prejudicial thoughts. Instead I get to think on just thoughts. Things being equal. I get to be open-minded and not one-sided.
Things are impure when they aren’t pure.
When I think impure I think often of things related to sexual matters, which isn’t a big jump since it can be defined that way. But they are also wrong, sinful, and adulterated. Impure thoughts can turn to a sexual nature, but it’s also thinking wrong thoughts. Those sinful thoughts you are having whether it be about a guy/girl you know, a celebrity, or if you are in an addiction it is not the things we are commanded to think on.
Pure thoughts mean we see each person as a child of God. We see them as having value, goodness and truth within them. We think of them as God does, with brotherly love and affection. I frame it that way for you all as it helps to personify someone to how God sees them. And then not to dwell too long in that.
That is a huge point in all of this is that when those thoughts come that don’t mess with what we are called to think upon, don’t linger. Don’t open the gate of your mind and invite the whole posse in to setup on your lawn for the day. Push them back out of the gate and lock it. Replace them with the thoughts of purity, justice, truth and honor.
Tomorrow we will tackle the next two in the list. I pray today that your thoughts become focused on being open-minded and pure. Choose those for yourself, for your mind and for those around you.