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Thoughtfulness #1 — Transforming Thoughts

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

Transformation occurs when we renew our minds as well as the hearts. God gives us a new heart by the work of the Spirit. We give ourselves a new mind by changing its content. Unfortunately we can’t dump out all of the evil material we have accumulated over the years. But we can crowd it away from the central pathways on which our thoughts run by moving in new material. The more we entertain, consider, and review information God deems compatible with the glory of his goodness, the less we will recall and dwell on what offends him. As wagons following ruts in a muddy road turn aside onto new roads with difficulty, so our thoughts travel more readily and consistently down our mind’s most used paths. The joy experienced in constant encounters with good, and the difference such thinking will make in our relationships with other people, enables us to realize the pleasure of fellowship with God. Contemplating real good brings peace and wholeness to our souls. What better environment can we create for the “God of Peace” when he comes to walk with us in the gardens of our souls?

O Lord, teach me to love what you love, to enjoy what you enjoy, so I can think your thoughts after you, so when we talk, we experience the most wonderful fellowship. Amen.

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