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Smelling Sabbath Roses

Philippians 4:4-9

Verse 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.

Yesterday we started taking some bite-sized chunks of ways our lives will change as we feast on His Word.

Our passage today starts out with a command to rejoice and that should be one of the key marks of our Sabbath keeping. When we gather on a Sunday to worship the God of creation, our redeeming Lord, we shouldn’t be able to keep from rejoicing about who He is and all He has done. Some of the ways we can do that is by intentionally fixing our thoughts the things that are pure, lovely and admirable.

Purity is something that is admired in many things. The purer the diamond, the higher the value. The purer the ingredients, the tastier the soup. We value pure in so many things, but what about in our thinking? It seems so easy to dismiss an impure scene in a movie or TV show but does that impurity affect our thinking? Yes, whether we think we are OK with it or not, the more we allow such things to enter our minds the more they will become something that our thoughts become fixed on.

A better choice is to fix our thoughts on something that is lovely. Something for example that God made. Maybe it is a sunset or cloud formation, a child’s giggle or a puppy’s wagging tail. If none of those things can bring a smile to your face you may want to check your lovely thought meter. God’s creation is filled with things that are lovely and we can’t help but fix our thoughts on Him when we think about the things He has created.

Another thing that is beneficial to our thought life is thinking about things that are admirable. This is another thought focus that can keep us from rehashing hurts caused us. What have we seen that is admirable in our lives or in other’s lives?

When we feast on the Word as Sabbath keepers, we learn to think about things through His eyes instead of our own and as a result our thinking becomes more and more like His.

Making It Personal

Do you struggle with impure thoughts? What are you feeding your mind that feeds your thinking? What is something lovely that you can intentionally focus on instead?

Making It Personal Kids

How would you describe something that is pure? What is the loveliest thing you can think of? What does it mean to be admirable?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for Your Word and the way You lead us in our thinking. Give us the strength to desire thoughts that will please You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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