School is back in session, and it is time for the students to put their minds back into gear. But, spiritually speaking, is your mind in gear? Is your mind disciplined in its thinking or does it wander? You might be prone to answer, “You can’t really control your mind; it just goes where it wants to go.” And that answer would be wrong.
God has given us a leash for our mind in Philippians 4:8. In this verse, He tells us what our minds need to be focusing on. Our minds are not to wander but are to be disciplined. Simply put, our minds are to think on things that are virtuous and praiseworthy. But what things are virtuous and praiseworthy?
Paul explains those things that are virtuous and praiseworthy to be things that are
That which is found in God (2 Tim. 2:25), in Christ (Eph. 4:20:21), in the Holy Spirit (John 16:13), and in God’s Word (John 17:17).
That which is worthy or respect. Believers are to think on whatever is worthy of awe and adoration, i.e., the sacred as opposed to the profane.
That which is right. And what is right is defined by God and his character.
That which is not besmirched or tainted in someway by evil. It is morally clean and undefiled.
Those things that commend themselves by their intrinsic attractiveness and agreeableness. They give pleasure to all and cause distaste to none.
- of good report
That which is admirable; it enjoys a good reputation, such as kindness, courtesy, and respect for others.
So let’s focus our minds on the things that God would have us to think on so that we might experience joy in our lives.