Do you ever think about your thoughts? I think it is in our best interest to do that and I’m not alone. My thoughts can sometimes get away from me in all sorts of directions.
The Holy Spirit inspired apostle Paul to write about this very thing in Philippians. He warns us to not just think and act or react. We must first think and then respond or act based on a qualified thought. What does that mean?
Before we grant a thought worthy enough to remain in our minds or respond to someone about something, we use the Philippians 4:8 scripture to be the litmus test for our thoughts.
What are you going to think about in your own head or what will you say out loud to someone?
According to Philippians 4:8, if it’s true, pure, lovely, noble, excellent, praiseworthy, then we can think and should say it. If it does not fit into that bracket, then we turn it over to God to submit to Christ because that thought is not what we should be thinking.
Because, as Christ followers, you have the Holy Spirit indwelling within you, it doesn’t take long to know how your thoughts measure up. God’s Spirit reveals it to you in an instant. You have that inner gut feeling of what you’re thinking is probably not the best to continue down that road. Listen to that.
In fact, before you even think what you’re going to think, God already knows. So it’s up to you to capture your thoughts and put them into submission to Christ. This is a good habit to practice everyday.
Ok now of course this doesn’t mean that you’re not going to slip up or overreact because you sure will, I know I do every day, BUT it means that you have grace to think righteously each time a thought pops into your head and have the opportunity to surrender it to God when mistakes happen.
REMEMBER THIS TRUTH
“Finally, brothers [and sisters], 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.” Philippians 4:8 ESV