Do you tend to remember the good things or bad things in your life? I know it’s ok to remember the bad just as long as you don’t dwell on it, right? It can be good to remember if it’s something you know you learned from. Or, if it helps remind you how blessed you are based on what’s happened to you in the past. Is it ok then? The Bible says to do this:
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.
So, the problem I’ve had before is that once I start thinking negative about something, I have a really hard time thinking anything else. I’m sure this is why we’re told to think like this verse in Philippians. I know when I do think about the good, my head is way more clear and my judgements and all of the negativities of the situation are far from me.
Plus, how easy is it to get upset about something? It takes way more self control to act the way we should. It’s not as easy to take the harder road. So, why should we?
Well, first of all, as a Christian, it’s how we should act. We should be different. How are others going to know we’re a Christian if we act like everyone else?
Secondly, God tells us to think this way in His word. Why think this way? Well, if we think something, we are more likely to act on it. So, thinking true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy things will bring about all these as well.