This is a devotional piece that I wrote for the Christian Standard. It appeared in the July 21, 1996 edition.
Think About Such Things
What consumes your thoughts? Do you worry about deadlines? Are you anxious about finances? Does revenge find a home in your heart? Do immoral thoughts race through your mind? Such things shatter our peace and distance us from God.
Realizing the impact of our thoughts, the apostle Paul wrote, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable---if anything is excellent or praiseworthy---think about such things" (Philippians 4:8, New International Version). Meditating upon those attributes draws us closer to God. Acquiring those ideals may transform our lives into the image of God's Son, since Jesus Christ personifies those attributes.
Christ is true, honest, genuine, and real. He is completely trustworthy. He perceives everything with keen accuracy, and He speaks with absolute integrity. If He says it, you can believe it.
The Lord is noble. His character commands respect. He has earned the loyalty of His people.
Christ is right in all ways. He lived under the law of Moses without committing one transgression. He kept the rules and fulfilled the law.
Jesus is pure. His heart has never been contaminated by evil. He has overcome every temptation.
The Lord is lovely. His self-sacrificing spirit turned an ugly crucifixion into a beautiful demonstration of God's love. As promised, all kinds of people have been drawn to Him since He was lifted up.
Christ is admirable. Even His critics and skeptics often admit an admiration for His teachings.
Jesus is excellent in His goodness. He is the genuine epitome of morality and virtue. His standards are unsurpassed.
Finally, Christ is praiseworthy or commendable. He rescues us from a destiny of Hell and prepares a home in Heaven for us. He deserves our praise!
Focusing our minds upon Jesus Christ and His attributes can settle troubled minds while bringing us into the presence of a gracious God. Let's think about such things.