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).
The word lovely is defined as charmingly or exquisitely beautiful, of a great moral or spiritual beauty. The Greek definition is something acceptable or pleasing. Christians run into problems when their idea of what is lovely differs from God’s. Many times we find things acceptable and pleasing that God finds repulsive and offensive. We must learn to think about what God considers morally and spiritually beautiful.
If you don’t know where to start, begin by getting into the secret place where God is. Anywhere God dwells is beautiful because He is beautiful. Make this your prayer, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalm 84:1-2, NIV). His dwelling place is lovely, and your thoughts wander from lovely to ugly when you live outside of His presence.
God desires intimacy with you, and that relationship is formed and developed in His presence. The most intimate times I have with my wife are face-to-face, not over the phone or in written notes to one another. The most meaningful moments in our relationship have come when it’s just the two of us together.
Relationships suffer when the individuals involved do not spend enough quality time together. If your thoughts are immoral or unpleasing, get back into God’s presence. Look upon His face because He is lovely. When you become intimate with Him, you will begin to think about how beautiful He is. Thank You, Jesus!
Psalm 27:4 — One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple (NIV).
*Check out http://www.amazon.com/author/mikejonker for more info and resources.
*Contact us at JMI, P. O. Box 135, Forest Hill, LA 71430.