“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.” (Philippians 4:8, KJV)
This is one of my favorite verses of scripture. It is one of my favorites because I have to go back and remind myself of what it instructs on a regular basis. Paul in
this verse tells us the things we “ought” to think or meditate on. This is an
important verse because, you know, if we do not think on the right things, we will
think and eventually do the wrong things.
The church I serve as pastor hears me say regularly, “your thoughts control your
emotions and your actions.” “First you think it then you do it.” You can think
yourself happy or think yourself sad. You can think yourself angry, mad, irritated
or at peace. Your thoughts control your mood, your attitude and your behavior.
Paul lets us know we need to take authority over our thoughts so that we will think
good, positive, constructive thoughts. These thoughts lead us to good, positive
Let us make sure we think the right thoughts. No matter what this day or this life
holds for you, think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, things
of a good report, virtuous thoughts and thoughts that are praise worthy. Let us
condition our minds to think only good, positive, affirmative, constructive not
destructive thoughts and AVOID ALL STINKING THINKING.