Monday, January 28, 2013

Word of the Day... January 28,2013




Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy… meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8


In Philippians 4:8, the apostle Paul gives us an extensive list of thing that we should focus our thoughts on: 

The Message puts it as: "Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse".

What we think about ultimately affects what we do. Therefore, we must nip in the bud any thoughts that are impure, spiritually harmful, or that make us worry.

This means refusing to believe you can be a Christian and still live a worldly lifestyle.  Philippians 4:6 cautions us to guard our hearts.  Christians have hope of eternal rewards in heaven if they are faithful on earth. If we keep our focus on living for eternity rather than the passing pleasures of earth, we will have a heart for Jesus Christ.


If our possessions or activities cause us to lose our eternal rewards, of what worth are they (Luke 12:33-37)? Christians often try to serve both God and their own desires. But Jesus clearly stated, “No one can serve two masters for you will love one and hate the other” (Matt.6:24). God gives us joy through times of work and rest (Ecc. 5:19). We must find that balance between work and play. When we do set aside time for relaxation as Jesus did (Mark 6:31), we should choose an activity where we can have fun and yet still bring glory to the Lord.

The question is not “Can I do these things?” but “Would doing these things be the best choice?” Will these things help me, show love to my neighbor, and glorify God? We are to pursue praiseworthy activities, not simply permissible ones. However He leads you, passionately follow Him above all else. Prepare for eternity. Every sacrifice will seem insignificant when we meet Jesus.  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!!





2 comments:

So insightful this passage! Thank you for the follow back on our new blog!

Thank you for your kindness! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! :):)

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