Sunday, July 04, 2010

Think About These Things

Day 13 in our study of meditation.

8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
9 Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you. AMP

The material below is from the book, “A Year With God, “ by Dr Richard Foster.
The spiritual Life is a cooperative transformation of thought and action. First, God is at work in us, enabling us”both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (2:13). Yet we also have a part to play. As Paul urges, we must choose to think of the things of God and choose to do the things of God. As we model our thoughts after the highest of standards and model our lives after the life and message of Paul himself, we will find that the “God of Peace” himself accompanies us on our transforming journey.

Lord God, I return to you today to meditate on those things that are excellent and “worthy of praise.” Throughout my day it seems that my thoughts are on everything but what is just, pure, pleasing and commendable. Guide my thoughts, Lord; teach me about what is excellent and praiseworthy in your sight, that I may honor you in thought, word and deed. Amen.

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