Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, 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-Phil. 4:8
This verse offers several alternatives that can be categorized as “right thinking.” These things should characterize the Christian’s thoughts. So far, we have considered thinking about things that are true, honest, and just.
We should also think about things that are pure. This can be applied to many areas, but I want to focus specifically upon moral thinking. In a world filled with perversion and gross wickedness, God’s people must determine to think pure concerning members of the opposite sex.
There is a need for inward purity of the mind (not just outward conformity to righteous appearance and actions). The mind is a realm unseen and unperceived by others. Much can go on there that forever remains unknown to others. Secrets thrive in the mind. It is the one place that we can go and “hide.” It is the place where we can indulge ourselves with little or no fear of being detected. Satan knows this so he provides us with plenty of illicit (inappropriate) thoughts.
We must recognize and guard against our ability to think impure thoughts!
Lust (even in the smallest form) must not be tolerated! Do not begin the bad habit of justifying illicit thoughts i.e. it’s only natural, everyone thinks like this, it makes me happy, I deserve this, etc. Remember the Word of God! Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:15).
Understand that moral failure first begins in the mind. Those who failed made the fatal mistake of entertaining impure thoughts instead of eliminating them!
Be determined to be pure! Remember that a guilty conscience is an awful thing. Realize that purity of mind equals a clear conscience.
These are but a few brief thoughts on a very large, very important topic. In the end, follow Paul’s instruction. Think about things that are pure!
To Be Continued
Micah PerryPosted by Pastor Micah Perry on Sep.20, 2014