"Meditate on these things."
Text: Philippians 4:8
THE PEACE OF GOD
Thank God for His matchless mercy and grace given to us. The gifts of joy and peace are not things we should ever take for granted. The apostle Paul wrote to teach the Philippians that there was a part that they needed to play.
DOING OUR PART
There are many things to ponder over in life. Not all thoughts are good and wholesome. We must exercise discernment as to what we want our hearts and minds to dwell on. Paul suggested a list of things to meditate upon that would strengthen the heart and mind.
“Finally, my 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.”
1. Development of Strength of mind
a) Strength of mind is needed to battle anxiety effectively.
b) Strength of mind is derived when the mind is trained:-
i) The mind must learn to “meditate” (Greek “logizesthe” from where we get the English word “logic”).
ii) The mind must dwell on things which are good and wholesome.
2. Wholesome contents for the mind to dwell on
a) Things which are true.
b) Things which are noble.
c) Things which are just.
d) Things which are pure.
e) Things which are lovely.
f) Things which are of good report.
g) Things which are of virtue.
h) Things which are praiseworthy.
THE PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
Here is a simplified version of how to practise Christian meditation.