New International Version
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. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
A high standard is set for us when all around us we see and hear negative things as we were reminded on Saturday. As we “think about such things” we need to remind ourselves of the nemonic -THINK.
T is it true?
H is it helpful?
I is it inspiring?
N is it necessary?
K is it kind?
If what we are thinking or saying doesn’t fit those headings, then don’t say them or don’t even think them.
Prayer: Please Lord so fill us with Yourself that those verses become more and more normal for the way we conduct our lives.
Song: Abba, Father.