Meditate on These Things #910

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. (Philippians 4:8, NKJV)

What we set our mind upon determines who we are. Our character and our conduct are shaped by what we think, dwell and meditate upon. If it is true that we are what we eat, then it can also be said that we are what we think. That’s because we do what we first have in our minds (Mk. 7:20-23; Matt. 12:35). We are not thoughtless beings who act upon instinct. Our thoughts set into motion the words we speak and the things we do. If you wish to improve yourself before God and men, then be careful to think upon the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Take an inventory of your thoughts. Do they go to places that are dark, evil and destructive? Or, are they virtuous and praiseworthy? The choice is yours. What you meditate upon will ultimately define who you are, and whether you please God (Rom. 12:2).