Day 8, January 17

What Is Right!


Scripture: Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.


Thought for Today:  We live in a world filled with trouble. Negative news, negative responses, negative communications come at us from every direction. Many days it can be difficult to find good news in the midst of the all the bad. Troubling times and bad news can produce a negative spirit and pessimistic, cynical responses even in believers. When a negative spirit is received, you begin to focus on what is wrong in your life and circumstances rather than what is right. A great friend once preached a message “The Good News is that the Bad News Ain’t So Bad!” That message stuck with me. It helped me to understand that no matter how bad things may seem at times, there is always greater Good News, God is in control, my faith is in Him! Paul challenged the Philippians to focus their minds on positive things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report…meditate on (ponder deeply) these things. When you choose to focus on these virtues, you focus on ‘what is right’ rather than what is wrong. You will realize that these virtues will enable you to live in victory. As I ponder this passage, I understand that my attitude and reactions to life are shaped by the way I think!


It’s Time to Pray: Gracious God, help me to be mindful of all that I take in to my mind, soul and spirit. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to choose to think on ‘What is Right’ and respond to every situation with a positive mindset and unlimited faith…in Jesus name. Amen!


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