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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
This seems to be a more significant motivation for me – and it certainly isn’t less true. When my thoughts, attitudes and actions have been in the gutter (so to speak), my life isn’t marked by divine peace. The God of peace is with me when my thoughts, attitudes and actions are submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I am amazed that I can know this, believe this and have strong convictions about this, but still be prone to stray! My heart is prone to wander, the hymn writer wrote – I feel it. “Think about these things…”
Father – I choose to follow You and to live the life of Christ out in my physical body. I choose to think about those things that reflect Your Person and I choose to honor You with my life. Thank you for the promise of Your peace. Thank you for loving me. I love You.