Do Not Think On These Things

by Paul Tautges | March 6, 2012 2:57 am

Since hanging this visual[1] of Philippians 4:8 on my office wall, opposite the door, I have been forced to look at it every time I enter the room. As a result, I’ve been thinking about how important our thought patterns are to the outworking of our faith in a life of godliness. However, thinking about the right way to think—the way God wants us to think—has also resulted in thinking about some of the things that we should not think about. In other words, the truth and positive perspective exalted by the Scriptures on this poster, which we must put on, have reminded me of how false and negative our thought patterns can be, which must be put off. Therefore, I have come up with a list of opposites—sinful and negative thought patterns—we must repent of while at the same time filling our minds with positive truth: “Don’t Think On these Things.”

This contrast to the thought guidelines given in Philippians 4:8 remind us that growth in godliness always includes the dual action of putting off sin and putting on practical righteousness. Our negative, sinful thought patterns must be continually rejected (2 Cor 10:5) while we simultaneously think true and righteous thoughts.

Peter reminds us of our personal responsibility to govern our thoughts:  Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  (1 Peter 1:13).

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