“The Proper Mindset”
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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
This verse of Scripture is part of the Apostle Paul’s final exhortations to the TRUE BELIEVERS in Philippi. Here, Paul is encouraging them to have the PROPER MINDSET. Their MINDSET will guide their ACTIONS. Have you ever watched the News, and wondered; “What in the world are they thinking?” The world today is teetering on chaos, because of the many different MINDSETS. And those who have the POWER to do something, tries to set the minds of others in THEIR direction.
I guess that this is TRUE in just about all facets of life, such as; relationships, business deals, legal matters, etc. But the Apostle Paul gives us the PROPER MINDSET, especially, for the TRUE BELIEVER. He tells us that our minds should be set on, “whatever is true”, in other words, we should THINK about things that are HONEST and RELIABLE. Our minds should be set on, “whatever is noble,” meaning things that are HONORABLE and DIGNIFIED. And “whatever is right,” or things that are JUST and CORRECT. We should set our minds on, “whatever is pure, things that are WHOLESOME and free from MORAL IMPURITIES. The last two mindsets, which Paul mentioned were; “whatever is lovely, things that promotes PEACE and rejects CONFLICTS. Lastly Paul asks that our minds be set on, “whatever is admirable, things that are POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE. And Paul ends with, “if ANYTHING is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY---think about such things.” He is indicating that ALL of these mindsets are EXCELLENT and PRAISEWORTHY.
Very few in our world, today, are in tune to ALL of these mindsets. There is TROUBLE, TURMOIL, HEARTACHE, ANXIETY and DESPAIR, all around us, mainly due to IMPROPER MINDSETS. We can make a BIG DIFFERENCE, if we will ALL work at having the PROPER MINDSETS. You can start by: TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then you MUST ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and ALLOW His HOLY SPIRIT to HELP you with the PROPER MINDSETS. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!