My study about coming unto Christ brought me to the words of Paul in Philippians 4.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 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.
Paul is instructing us not to worry excessively about things and be prayerful. I have felt worry, anxiety, and fear because of situations in my life, and I have also felt the peace of God swallow up fear through prayer. More importantly, the peace of God is not a temporary state but a constant force in our lives when we do what Paul counsels in verse 8 and seek after things that are virtuous, lovely, and praiseworthy.
Upon reading this I asked myself this question: How much time do I spend with the virtuous, lovely, and praiseworthy? Am I keeping company with good things or do I wallow in debasing filth masquerading as good?
Paul counseled us to think on truth, honesty, and purity, not lie, deceit, selfishness, pride, violence, anger, and immorality. True, these things are part of life, but they do not and should not dominate our thoughts, or be the principle characters in our minds.
I think what Paul is telling me here is that I need to pray and learn to live in the peace of God that will lead me towards truth, purity, and virtue. A mind filled with filth is not a mind at peace, it is not a mind that recognizes and rejoices in truth, and it is not a mind of purity and virtue. Today, more than ever, the ability to recognize truth and feel at peace is vitally important.
I am re-examining how I use my time and the things that occupy my thoughts and I hope my children and family will do the same. Let’s strive to bring more good into our minds and more truth and purity into our thoughts, so that we all might rejoice in the peace of God together.