Because God is Honorable and Just

November 9, 2021

whatever is honorable, whatever is just

Philippians 4.8

Written by Roger Severino from the Brentwood Campus

Have you ever heard this saying: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a destiny?” Do you want to change the direction of your life so that you are becoming who you desire to be?  If so, then one of the best things you can do is to focus your thoughts on the right things. What you dwell on will determine who you are becoming.

Paul instructs the Philippians to “dwell on these things.” Included in this list is to have our minds think about things that are honorable and just.

The word honorable can also be translated as noble, worthy of respect, dignified. Do I think on things that honor others or honor God? Or do my thoughts dishonor God or do I think about others in a way that is not respectful of them?

The word just can also mean right, righteous, upright, or sincere. Do these words characterize what my mind dwells on?

We have a tendency to feel like victims when it comes to our thoughts. “I cannot help what goes into my mind.” Well, you may not always be able to control what enters your mind, but you do have power to affirm or deny that thought. Martin Luther famously said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Again, do you block out that dishonorable or unrighteous thought, or do you choose to dwell on it?

Recently, I have begun to wonder if my intake of news sources in the morning is shaping my mind in a good direction. There may be value in being aware of what is happening in the world, but shouldn’t I first allow God to prepare my mind and dwell on the “honorable and just” before allowing these narratives to shape my thoughts?

  • When you wake up in the morning, spend time listening to God. Get comfortable, take a deep breath, and ask God to speak to you. Listen.
  • Spend some time in Scripture. Focus on one verse you would like to reflect and repeat and dwell on throughout the day.
  • Be aware of the sources that cause you to have negative thoughts: social media, television, internet, the news, etc. How can you change any current habits that may be corrupting your mind?
  • How can you have honorable and just/righteous thoughts about those you encounter? How about praying a ‘mini-prayer’ for them? One that I often use is to pray for someone’s flourishing (in all the ways God wants for them).

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