The book of Philippians is sometimes referred to as the book of joy. It is a theme which is repeated over and over again in this letter. It is also reflective of the way Paul felt about this church he loved.
At the end of the book, as he makes his final greeting, he leaves them with these words:
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, 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. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4: 8-9)
What are the things which are occupying your mind?
Pause and think about it!
What was the first thought that entered your mind when you woke this morning?
As you have engaged others where has the conversation gone and where did your thoughts lead?
Have you deliberately read the Bible, listened to worship music, or prayed today?
Paul encourages this church to think about that which is true, honourable, just and so on, not just because it is the right Christian thing to do. He encourages them to do this because he loves them and wants them to experience the very best life they can with God.
Can I encourage you to think about these things? Perhaps memorise these verses so that when your mind wanders or when you find yourself distracted with that which is not of God, this verse will call you back to the life which is best.