"Finally beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4.8
There is a time to follow Pauls advice. When I'm still bogged down after prayer and need rest and to stop thinking about trials God leads me to an enjoyable place. Here is just a small sampling of my elaboration of the above advice.I'm sure you can also find many of your own.
What is true? The promises of God are true. I can remind myself of them.
Honorable. David was honorable when he had a chance to kill Saul in the cave, but spared his life instead.
Just. God is just. He kept his word to Abraham when he said that he and Sarah would have a son together in a year.
Pure. Nature is pure. Thinking on trees, plants, wild animals, fish, insects, and birds is thinking on the pure. They are living while artefacts are not. What God makes is far superior to anything and everything man does.
Pleasing. I find landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes pleasing and restful.
Commendable. Daniel's three friends had unshakeable faith. They did not denounce the liviing God and refused to bow to idols, even on a death threat. Even when thrown into the fiery furnace they were not worried and knew one way or another God would save them and he did.
Excellent. Everything Jesus said and did is most excellent.
Worthy of praise. Stephens attitude of forgiveness to his murderers is worthy of praise. He had the faith and heart to ask God to forgive them as he was being killed.
The Bible is all of the above. It is true, in it you find honorable precepts to live by. It makes you more just over the years. It is the purest book for me since the Holy Spirit breathes life into it. It is a most pleasing way to spend time since reading the Bible is like keeping company with God.
There are many commendable things in the Bible. Like Jesus's selfless sacrifice on the cross. For me there is no book more excellent. It is the one I read the most, and over and over again, and God speaks to me in the present still.
God inspires the Bible keeping it fresh and alive. The most praiseworthy Being is the author of the Bible. The first author who inspired all the other authors like Paul and Luke. Reading the Bible is connecting with God so it is a praiseworthy act. It is full of a huge variety of life situations and can only do you good as you feed on the book.
Doing these things helps discipline my thought life in the midst of both peace and conflict. It keeps my gaze on the right things and strengthens my faith as I wait on God. I get much needed rest and am revitalised as I wait in this neutral and active poise.
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