When Paul wrote his letter to the Christians in Philippi, he encouraged them to choose to have Christ-like thoughts, stating:
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise-worthy-meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:8-9)
Paul understood the power in our thought-life. He knew when we meditate on good things, God's peace is then established in our hearts and in our homes. This truth applies to every area of our lives, but let us take a close look at its impact on marriage.
Most of us do not have any problem thinking good of our spouse when he or she is kind to us and doing the things we like them to do. The question to ask is - do we put this Scripture into operation in our lives when our spouse has not invested time with us or has not met our needs?
Notice Paul did not say, "Finally brethren, whatever things are a lie of the devil, whatever things are unkind, whatever things are unloving, whatever things are an evil report, if there is any immortality and anything worth condemning - meditate on these things." No, Paul knew that these things are what a person naturally wants to do, so he purposefully instructed the church to meditate on the good because he knew that it would have to be an intentional effort on our part!
Whatever we meditate on about others, good or bad, we will draw out more of that in their personality. You have heard the statement, "That person really knows how to bring out the best in me." If we truly believe in someone, it will be demonstrated through our actions, words and even prayers for the person.
In the month of July we highly encourage you to pay close attention to what you are meditating on about yourself and others, and as you do that, we truly believe your life and your relationships will change for the better!
God bless you!
Shaun & Amy