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Quintus Heine

New Seasons – Day 18

Promote joy by your thoughts

Bible text(s)

8In conclusion, my brothers and sisters, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable.

Philippians 4:8GNBOpen in Bible reader

The New Life in Christ

17In the Lord's name, then, I warn you: do not continue to live like the heathen, whose thoughts are worthless

Ephesians 4:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

2Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

Romans 12:2GNBOpen in Bible reader

The secret to a life filled with joy is in this verse. Along with the preceding verses in Philippians, it makes it clear that your thoughts determine your actions. Paul speaks about this in several other places too. In Ephesians 4:17, he wants us to renew our spirits and minds. Romans 12:2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” According to Paul, there is no doubt that your mind plays a decisive role in your life.

What you think, you are. You can try to suppress the effects your thoughts have, but eventually they will seep through and be evident in your lifestyle. It is difficult or even impossible to hide your thoughts. We do not always realise it but other people can, to a large extent, determine what we are thinking by looking at our actions. If you have nothing good to say about other people and you are constantly negative, it’s because of your negative thinking. If impure words come out of your mouth, it’s because you think of impure things. If you speak and act negatively about yourself, it’s because you think little of yourself. If you are malicious, lazy or unpleasant, it’s because you have allowed your mind to become negative. Sometimes, we do not even realise how negative we are because, over the years, we have allowed negative thoughts to slowly take control of our lives.

In today’s verse, seven values are listed with which we should fill our minds. We must remove every thought that does not agree with one of these values, because it is not from God. This verse steers us along a positive path for a godly life. Paul instructs us to “think about these things”. We have to exercise our minds, train ourselves to think along these lines, because this will put us on the right track. It is a daily process that you regularly need to teach yourself.

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