Right Thinking

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” (Philippians 4:8-9).

These verses remind us of the importance and impact of our thoughts. The focus here is not on what we think. The things we think on are important -- they shape our conversation, our living -- but they are only a symptom of the problem. Our thoughts are the product of how we think.  

Right thinking is thinking that is formed on the basis of and informed by God’s Truth. Right thinking produces right living. It is simply not possible to engage in a pattern of wrong thinking and live right. The foundation of our thoughts is what we often refer to as a worldview, the lens or filter through which we view everything. We might not identify it as such, but we all have a worldview.

Paul reminds us in these verses that we develop a proper worldview by thinking on God’s truth. The idea of thinking is not a casual, fleeting thought. The instruction here is to be intentional in considering God’s truth, reflecting on it, meditating on it, pondering it. This familiarity with God’s word doesn’t happen by accident; it requires discipline. Paul wrote these words to the church at Rome: 

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Our mind is renewed by spending time with God’s truth, allowing His word to dwell richly – to be at home – in our heart – the inner man (Colossians 3:16), and a renewed mind bears fruit in a transformed life.

You think about that.

By Jesse Smith

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