In Psalm 119:113 David said, "I hate vain thoughts, but thy law do I love." Why did David say, "I hate vain thoughts?" Perhaps it was because they had a negative influence upon his mind and did damage to his life. You see, negative thinking leads to negative action. That’s why we must realize that thoughts are real, and they are powerful. In Philippians 4:8-9 Paul spells out six thoughts on which the mind is to dwell, “(8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (9) Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Whatsoever things are TRUE – we are to think upon things that are true, genuine, and sincere.
Whatsoever things are HONEST – we are to think upon things that are noble, that are worthy of respect rather than things that come from being dishonest.
Whatsoever things are JUST – we are to think upon things that are fair and righteous by both divine and human standards.
Whatsoever things are PURE – we are to think upon things that are of moral purity. Thinking purely in this very sinful, contaminated and corrupt world of ours is one of the consistent themes of the New Testament.
Whatsoever things are LOVELY – we are to think upon things that are pleasing, orderly, beautiful and attractive.
Whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT – we are to think upon things that are positive and noteworthy, things that are appealing.
These thoughts will have a positive influence on our lives. They can be characterized by the words "virtuous" and "praiseworthy." Someone said, "no Christian can afford to waste "mind power" on thoughts that tear him down or that would tear others down if these thoughts were shared."
As we read God’s Word, what should our thought pattern be? If God’s primary purpose of providing the Bible is to get us to think the way God thinks, then we should be determined to do just that. God wants us to think of life the way He thinks about life. He wants us to have the mind of Christ. God is not the author of anything that is impure, unjust, dishonest, or of bad report. Those thoughts are authored by God’s adversary, the Devil. On the other hand, as we read God’s Word we discover:
God is the source of truthfulness. God is the source of honesty.
God is the source of things that are just. God is the source of purity.
God is the source of things that are lovely. God is the source of things that give a good report.
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