Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8
Meditation: When I was a boy, I sometimes found it hard to concentrate in school or church. This deficit of mind and maturity is still a problem at times. There are just so many things to consider and plans to form. There is so much noise and pollution for our senses that it is easy ylto be swept away in and way torrent of sensation. To focus on the important things requires discipline, and discipline is hard to acquire.
Today’s passage reminds us to concentrate or think on good things, things worthy of vessels dedicated to the glory of God. It reminds me of an old saying, “Would you kiss your mama with that mouth?” Where I grew up that question arose when someone swore or said something particularly ugly. By the same token, I think we are out of the sight and mindfulness of God when we sin. This line of thinking is proven so utterly faulty when a born again believer sins, because guilt and emptiness rushes in their heart upon realizing their sins.
The best solution for personal sin and group sin is focusing on good things rather than wicked things. Baptize your heart and mind with godly, righteous thoughts and actions, remove yourself from temptations. Wash yourself with the Word of God. It is the best soap around, and it is worthy of your time.
Call to Action: Speak to a fellow believer at your workplace or school. See if there is a Christian fellowship group that studies together and meets for lunch. Put a real bound Bible within easy reach in your car, on your desk, and around your home. Making this a real paper Bible will give you visual queues as well. Download a daily devotional to your smartphone or get a Christian inspirational calendar for your wall. In short, put the Word of God ever before your eyes. The rewards are great.