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Saturday, 16th July 2022: One final thing to do all the time!

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Reflections: Our thoughts explicitly drive our actions. Initiating exemplary actions, therefore, calls for an expert ability to control one’s thought realm. Paul shows us how to address this critical pursuit in his letter to the Philippians. Starting with the word ‘finally’, he implies that this is the ‘one final thing to do’. He lists six measures to guide our thought process and, after that, provides a simple summation of these multiple criteria. He does so by indicating that any thought that comes to our mind should be verified if it will amount to moral excellence and prove to be praiseworthy. If it doesn’t, it should be rejected. Thus If any thought, after your careful review, doesn’t subscribe to a code of moral excellence and praiseworthiness, you are to dismiss it! That’s the ‘one final thing’ to do all the time to manage your thought realm!

Prayer: Dear Lord, may I always reject thoughts that are not praiseworthy and do not promote moral excellence.

Confession: I don’t engage my mind with thoughts that are not praiseworthy and do not promote moral excellence.

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