Goals for the Mind

Helen Brownson

READ : Philippians 4:8-9

“Bob” was a truck driver friend in our church who constantly used profanity. One day he opened up his heart to the Lord. He experienced a real change but was not aware of the shift in his thought life. After a short time his co-workers noticed and commented on how he had cleaned up his language. God transformed Bob’s mind, and his speech verified it. As a non-Christian, Genesis 6:5 had been his story:


The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (niv)

Our verses for today emphasize that we all need the Lord to examine our thought life and lead us to think on things that are true, noble, just, lovely and excellent. Our minds must focus on information that is reliable and can be trusted, actual facts instead of error. Our thoughts should be morally good and virtuous, never ill-intentioned. We should concentrate on pleasing and attractive reflections so that our speech is admirable. This positive direction takes discipline and the presence of Christ in our lives. Paul modeled the behavior he advocated. Shouldn’t that be our pattern also? If so, God’s peace is ours.

PRAYER

Lord, help us to think pure and noble thoughts.