Philippians 4:8 — 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(NIV).
I believe one of the main reasons why Christians do not mature in their faith is they haven’t stopped thinking like children yet. Think about it. Your mindset is what causes you to reason, relate, and react the way you do. Your emotions and problem-solving ability are all linked to the way you think. If a person has the mind of a child, he or she is going to act like one. In order to go on to maturity, we have to start thinking maturely.
1 Corinthians 14:20 says, “Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults” (NIV). What do adult, or mature, Christians think about? Philippians 4:8 gives us a breakdown.
Paul first tells us to think about whatever is true. The word true in this verse comes from the Greek word meaning true in conduct; sincere and upright. The truth also conforms to reality. It is genuine and not deceitful or confusing. Someone who only thinks about what is true does not speculate. He or she gathers all the facts before judging whether something is true or false.
A godly individual has no business thinking about things that are not true. Doing so is a waste of time. It is not healthy for you to even listen to statements or accusations that are false. There will be people that come across your path who speak lies about everything from religion to relationships, and believing those lies will bind you. That’s why it is so important for you to know the truth, and if you don’t know what the truth is, take time to find out.
Don’t be gullible. If you entertain fallacy for an extended period of time, you will eventually accept it as truth. Nobody purposes in their heart to believe lies, so be on your guard.
John 8:32 — “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NKJV).
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