And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9
Undiluted, perfect, flawless… all words that describe what it is to be pure. We are to fix our thoughts on things that are pure.
This life of chronic illness, it’s anything but perfect and flawless, right? At least to our limited minds. The world tells us that these trials we face are a mistake. It’s like our spirits are just constantly reaching for better, as if we knew a taste of Eden and can’t quite reconcile the cruelty of this world with what we know the Father had planned. This world, it’s anything but pure.
And so, we have to look elsewhere to fix our thoughts.
The love of Jesus, that pure love that raced right to the cross without hesitation.
The flawless host of heaven, presenting our prayers to the King in golden bowls.
The perfect law of mercy, refusing to settle for anything less that perfection.
There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. – Hebrews 10:13-15
Those thoughts you think about yourself, begin to re-frame them. He forever made perfect those who are being made holy. Because of Him, you are pure. In the exact circumstance you find yourself in today. You are pure.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. – 1 John 4:18-19
The purity of what you’re fixing your thoughts on, it leaves no room for fear. It doesn’t budge an inch. Doesn’t that feel nice?
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. – Ephesians 4:15-16
There’s a place for you in His body. Think about that, won’t you. Fix your thoughts on what is pure.
Dear Lord, thank You for preparing purity and inviting us in. Thank You for making us a part of pure. Wow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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