Think About These Things

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
It’s human to dwell on the negative. Spouses will dwell on the socks on the floor, and not the commitment to each other that began the marriage. Church members think of an ancient slight rather than a church peopled with good, sincere members.
One day a grandfather decided to speak to his grandson.
“Grandson,” he told him, “there are two wolves living in my heart, and they are at war with each other. The one is angry and cruel, the other is kind and wise.”
“Grandfather,” said the alarmed grandson, “Which one will win?”
“The one I feed,” said the grandfather.
Do you feed and nurse feelings of resentment, bitterness, and anger? The things we dwell on feed our thinking. They nourish one wolf or the other, and it becomes strong and dominant.
Which one are you feeding?
Did you know you can choose what you dwell on?
Then choose!
The Apostle Paul put it this way elsewhere: “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Don’t allow your thoughts to take you captive! Be in control of them.

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