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. – Philippians 4:8
What are you thinking about today… about your husband, your wife, your parent, your child, your coworker, your employee, your employer… perhaps someone who sometimes makes your life difficult? Are you thinking about their insensitivity, lack of grace, selfishness, laziness, lack of integrity, or some other fault? You have a choice - You have the veto power over any thought that comes into your mind. The term “think about” here is “logizomai” in the Greek, which means “to take into account, meditate on, pass on to one’s account.” We have control over what we choose to take into account regarding another person. And this Scripture is giving us direction on what we should meditate on or pass on to their account. When we feel hurt or wronged in some way, even by someone we love, we have a choice to make. As followers of Christ, we are called to be ministers of His grace. It is a grace that forgives, shows mercy, and is infused with great love – a love that covers a multitude of sins. Think about whatever is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
What’s going through your head? If it’s not good, toss it out. Make a choice to love. Make a choice to forgive. Remember, God loved us “while we were yet sinners.” Make a choice to love someone who doesn’t deserve it.