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 (NIV)
God has a lot to say about what we should think about and how we should talk to one another. Do you know people who always find a reason to complain? How much fun are they to be around? What about you? Do you normally see the good in a situation? Do you look for the excellence in the moment with a thankful heart, or do you sometimes see the glass as half empty?
Life is hard, trauma is traumatizing, but God breathes life into traumatic situations. Even in your hardest times, He wants you to see that He is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy, and that He fills your life with these traits as well. He wants you to focus on these attributes, thinking of how they relate to everything in your world.
In other words, God wants you to think about the good in life and not focus on the bad. However, the bad stuff in life can teach you a lot about your relationship with God. We all go through hard challenges, but a Christian’s hope remains in Christ. Our faith is centered in the truth that He is in control, and His plan for you is not to get stuck on everything wrong with a situation. God wants your attention focused on a situation’s blessings, the provision right in the moment when you needed it most.
Satan brings evil, disharmony, confusion, and lack of love into the world. Satan wants to take your eyes off Jesus so that you focus on the problem, but God wants you to trust Him so that you see His hand in everything. Would you ask Him now to help you think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, excellent, admirable, and praiseworthy?
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