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Honorable in Everything

Loving like Christ

In Ephesians 5:25, Paul instructs husbands to “love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Christ was always honorable. He never did anything behind anyone’s back nor did He hide his emotions and feelings. So one way husbands can love like Christ is be honorable like Christ with their wife.

Paul wrote to the Hebrews asking them to pray for him so that he could have a clear conscious and conduct himself honorably in all things. As husband and wife, you should pray this same prayer for each other. Living honorable in all things will help protect your marriage and build the “oneness” that God intends for you to have in marriage.

Being honorable builds “oneness.”

So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. — Matthew 19:6

Part of being honorable is being open and honest. Honesty builds “oneness” in a marriage that creates deeper trust and intimacy. Likewise, dishonesty can destroy a marriage and rip your relationship apart. 2 Corinthians 8:21 says, “For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.” Whether we or honest or dishonest in our emotions, feelings, finances, or relationships with other people, will affect the unity of oneness that God intended for us to have in marriage. God knows when we are honest or dishonest, and often your wife knows when you are keeping things from her. Likewise, wives, your husband knows when you are keeping something from him. So aim for what is honorable both in God’s sight and in each others’.

Why men struggle with sharing emotions and feelings

Men in particular experience difficulty in sharing their deepest thoughts and emotions with their wife. They tend to want to protect them or not burden them with what’s going on in their lives. They also do not want their wife to see them as vulnerable, unsure, or struggling. Men want their wife to see them as their “hero,” protector, provider – the strong one for them to lean on. It’s built into your DNA as God designed you to be the leader of your home. But it can also bring division in your relationship of oneness when you don’t share your greatest dreams, longing, desires, passions, worries, and struggles with your wife. She doesn’t want to be an outsider in your life. She longs to be an insider.

Do you leave your spouse on the outside or invite her in?

When you don’t share these deepest emotions and struggles with your spouse, you keep them locked out of a part of your life. You rob them of the opportunity to pray for you, encourage you, and love you through whatever you are face. Husbands, you need to remember that God created your wife to be your help mate, but when you keep her locked out, she doesn’t get to be who God called her to be in your life. Wives, you need to remember that God created your husband to be your spiritual leader. His shoulders are wider and stronger than yours because God gave him the strength to be the person you lean on.

Sometimes we are guilty of sharing these deep emotions with a best friend or family member while leaving our spouse in the dark about what is going on inside of us. We need to remember that when we get married we are to leave and cleave. Leave our family and friends and cleave to our spouse. Your spouse should be the first person (after God) you go to with these deepest emotions. If your spouse is not who you share them with, why?

You don’t have to carry your burdens alone

Being open and honest with your spouse in every area will help forge bonds of oneness that leads to greater intimacy, trust, and friendship. Sharing with each other in this way has an added benefit in that you don’t have to carry your burdens and struggles alone. Yes, God has told us to cast all our cares on Him – and we should. But God also designed the marriage relationship to be one that helps and carries each other through all of life’s good and bad.

What are some things you can share with each other? Share with each other what God is teaching you, the struggles you face at work, your fears, your hopes and dreams, and the exciting things God does in your life. Tell each other about the disappointments you face. Lovingly share with each other when he or she does something that frustrates you.

Be a burden carrier

Make time on a regular basis to ask your spouse about what’s going on in his or her life. Ask them for something specific you can pray about for them. When you ask, be sure you are genuinely listening. What better way to show you spouse just how important he or she is to you than being genuinely interested in the things that matter most to them?

If you ask about your spouse’s deepest emotions from behind the newspaper or while cooking dinner, do you think they will feel like you really want to know? You’ll probably get the standard, “I’m fine” response. But if you stop the business of life, focus your attention on your spouse and take his or her hand, look them in the eye and ask, “How can I pray for you?” or “What is your greatest struggle right now in your life?” or “What is something God is showing you?” then you will open the doors for your spouse to share the deepest parts of who they are and you will be able to be a burden carrier.

Protecting their deepest emotions

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. — Ephesians 5:4

If you want to experience the kind of oneness that being honorable and honest in all things, then you have the responsibility of protecting the deepest things your spouse shares with you. You can’t expect them to share the deepest thoughts and emotions if they expect you to laugh or make fun of them. They won’t tell you their dreams if you just knock them down. They won’t tell you when they’ve messed up if they expect you to be angry and unforgiving. Your spouse won’t share with you anything if they think you’ll run out and tell your friends, family, church family, or neighbors. You cannot live honorably in all things if you do not protect the emotions of your spouse.

Honorable in all things

Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything. — Hebrews 13:18

Living in the “oneness” that God intended in marriage allows us to live together with a clear conscience because we choose to conduct ourselves honorably in everything. If you feel like your marriage does not live up to the “oneness” that God designed for marriage, then ask yourself about how honorable you are being with your spouse. Living honorably allows for a clear conscience. Living dishonorably brings division.

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Luke 12:29,31. The Pointlessness of Worry

April 10 Luke 12 29 and 31

In Luke 12, Jesus taught that we should not be overcome with worry over the basic needs of life. Yet isn’t that difficult to do when you’re not sure how to make ends meet because you’re laid off work in the midst of a pandemic? How do not be overcome with worry in the middle of a world-wide pandemic where so many are not just getting sick — but dying?

When we give in to worry, it divides our attention and distracts us from trusting God. When that happens we have a shift in focus. Instead of focusing on God, we focus on our health, finances, marriage, children, career and make these things our priority. However, we must remember that there is absolutely nothing in this world that can bring about stability, confidence or peace. If you strive after the things of this world so that they are what you live for, then your life will be filled with worry and anxiety. When our priorities and allegiances are founded in the things of this world and we place all our hope and confidence in them, we become unstable and obsessively worry about the things in life that are fleeting.

So how, then, do we shift our focus back to God and strive for living a life of abundant joy? Paul gives us four counter attacks to worry: Prayer, Ponder, Praise and Prepare. — click to tweet

First, Paul tells us to pray:

“Do not be anxious [do not worry] about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

For every need we experience, we should immediately bring them to God in prayer. In fact, James 4:2 says “You do not have because you do not ask.” In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” In Luke 12, Jesus taught that if God will make sure the birds of the air are fed, how much more would he ensure that His own children’s needs are met. God might not always meet our needs in a way that we imagine, but God does promise to meet them. So, whatever you are worried about right now, stop and pray. Prayer should always be a first point of attack against worry.

Second, Paul teaches us to ponder. 

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

We need to ponder over things that are eternal, such as acknowledging the blessings that God has sent us before and remembering the times He met our needs in the past. Pondering on the things of God that have eternal value – things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable – will shift our focus back from a “worldliness” point of view to a “Godliness” point of view. Pondering is our second point of attack because it is just about near impossible to both ponder on the things of God and the things we worry about at the same time.

Our third point of attack is Praise.

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:5) Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

God wants our praise no matter what our circumstances. –Click to tweet

King David puts it this way in Psalm 150:

Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness. Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with flute and strings. Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!

Praise is a counter attack to worry because you can’t worry and genuinely praise at the same time. We can praise God for how he will answer our prayers and respond to our needs even before He does because we can trust Him to keep His promises.

Lastly, to counter attack worry, we need to prepare.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)

When you pray for God to meet a need, do you say the words but in your heart don’t really expect God to do anything? God said He will meet our every need. It doesn’t mean that we get everything we want, but He will meet our needs. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” One part of this verse to pay special attention to is the tiny word “if.” This verse tells that IF we ask according to His will, THEN wen can know that He hears us. In James 4:3, Paul wrote: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” Remember that God’s promise is to meet our needs – not every single desire. God is not a genie in a bottle to grant our every wish. It is true that at times God also graciously  gives us some of our wants, but “wants” are not part of His promise.  So, if we know that what we are asking Him for is a need that lines up with His will, what are we doing to prepare for God to meet that need as we wait expectantly for Him?

Because we live in a broken and fallen world, there will be times that worry creeps in and tries to steal our focus away from God and the abundant joy that is ours as children of God. However, when we bring these concerns to God in prayer, ponder on things of eternal value as well as God’s grace and goodness in our lives, give Him the praise that is due Him and prepare to receive His divine answer to meeting our needs, then we can defeat worry and grow in our faith and trust of a loving, providing God. 

God, when worry tries to steal our attention away from you, help us remember to pray, ponder, praise, and prepare for your very best that you already have in mind for us. Thank you for meeting our needs. 

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Jeremiah was a reluctant but faithful prophet who spent forty-two years serving God and warning the people to repent. His heart was saddened and angered by the people’s indifference to God and the moral decay that surrounded him. Everything was falling apart–yet Jeremiah continued to seek the Lord.

As we face personal trauma and national crisis, we can learn from the prophet’s example. Ray Stedman walks us through the book of Jeremiah, revealing that repentance was the only answer then–and it’s the only answer today. When people repent, God is faithful to His Word, planting the seeds of new life and giving us hope.

 

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With Society Crumbling Around Us, It’s Time to Rebuild

We live in a post-Christian age marked by moral and spiritual decay. We have watched our comfortable walls collapse as our faith has been attacked on every side.

But take heart! God can raise up leaders dedicated to defending His truth and following His blueprints for holy living. One of those leaders might be you – because no matter where you live and what you do, you have a circle of influence.

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Cover_mGod, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press
There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

 

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Philippians 4:8. Think on these things

by Julia Bruce

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What are the things that you let your mind dwell on? Do you dwell on inconsequential things such as the upcoming episode of your favorite TV show? The latest posts on Facebook or other social media? Who won this weeks’ football game? How to get into the next bigger, fancier car than your neighbor has?

Sometime our mind dwell on the things that worry us, such as the looming deadline, the goals you must meet at work, the disagreement you had with your spouse last night, how to get that bill paid or the money for that unexpected repair, the medical report you just got, the merger that just happened and whether you still have a job, or the rebellious child that refuses to follow any household rules. Does you mind dwell on such things so much so that you lose sleep, have high blood pressure, or other health issues due to worry, stress, and anxiety? Often what we worry about has answers in the Bible. Through prayer and leading of the Holy Spirit, God will help us find solutions. Instead of worrying, we should dwell on God’s promises as we depend on Him to work it out. (click to tweet)  

The mind is immensely powerful and our thoughts dictate a large part of who we actually area. In psychology it’s called “self-talk.” What we tell our minds about our self we will come to believe. If you say, “I’m just a worthless failure,” you will come to believe it and chances are your life will take on characteristics of being a failure. If you’ve ever heard someone say, “They’ve already made up their mind and there’s no changing it now,” that’s exactly what happens. The ideas, thoughts, and images in our minds hold an invisible power over us that dictates how we behave and the characteristics that define who we are. If you have negative self-talk, it can be changed when our minds dwell on the things of God. (click to tweet) 

God wants our minds to dwell on things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable. He wants to dwell on things that are of moral excellence and praise. Did you notice that each of the things we are to dwell on are also character traits of God? (click to tweet)  When we dwell on these things and on God, then Philippians 4:7 comes to life in our hearts, which says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Dwelling on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, of moral excellence and praise will keep our hearts and minds on Christ and He will guard us and give us peace.

 

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This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

Learn more about hosting this event at your church or conference site by clicking here.

About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

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Looking for a speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

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1 Chronicles 4:10. Praying for God’s Blessing

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In the midst of family trees found in 1 Chronicles, we find verse 10 of chapter 4, often called the “Prayer of Jabez.” This prayer is not a magical formula to receive God’s blessings. Rather, this sincere and heart-felt prayer is more of an example of praying in honesty and fervency.

Backing up to verse 9, we find that Jabez more honorable than his brothers, although the Bible doesn’t give us a clue as how his brothers were dishonorable or if they just were not as honorable as Jabez. What is apparent, is that Jabez took his faith in God seriously and knew that blessings came from God. So what did Jabez ask for? He asked for God’s blessing, to give him more land, that God’s hand would be with him, that God would keep him from evil and that he would cause no one pain.

To ask God to bless us is asking God to give us good things. The Greek word translated blessed in the Sermon on the Mount means to be fully satisfied. It refers to those receiving God’s favor, regardless of the circumstances. Certainly there is an elements of material blessings, such as wealth, successful career, a loving marriage relationship, health, good children, etc., but our true blessings are more spiritual in nature. Earthly blessings can come and go, but spiritual blessings are eternal. In the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew chapter 5, we find that those who are blessed are those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, and those who are reviled and persecuted. Doesn’t’ sound like much of a blessing, does it? The blessing is not in the trail or suffering itself. We find the blessing as the trail we are going through opens the door for God to show us His love, protection, provision, and grace. Luke 11:28 says we are blessed when we hear the Word of God and keep it. Romans 4:7 says we are blessed when we are forgiven. James 1:12 says we are blessed if we stay steadfast under trials. And in Revelation 14:13, those who die in the Lord are blessed and in Revelation 19:9 those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb are blessed. Spiritual blessings far outweigh earthly material blessings.

To ask God to bless us is asking God to give us good things. The Greek word translated blessed in the Sermon on the Mount means to be fully satisfied. Spiritual blessings far outweigh earthly material blessings. — click to tweet

Second, we find that Jabez ask that God would enlarge his territory, meaning he was asking God to give him more land. The Bible doesn’t tell us why Jabez needed or wanted more land. Maybe it was to plant more crops or because he wanted more land for his livestock to graze. Either way, Jabez was asking God to increase his wealth.

Next Jabez asks that God’s hand would be with him. This is a prayer for both guidance and protection. 1 Chronicles 29:12 says, “Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.” The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 138:8, “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” And Psalm 145:16, he wrote: “You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.” We also find in the Bible that God’s hand was on people and nations to bring judgment for sin. Perhaps this is why Jabez’s next request was for God to keep him from evil.

Lastly, Jabez asked God to ensure Jabez would not cause anyone any pain. In verse 9, we find that his mother named him Jabez saying, “because I bore him in pain.” The name “Jabez” means pain. So it becomes more insightful that Jabez closes his prayer with a plea to God that he would cause no one pain.

While Jabez’ prayer is not a magical formula for riches and prosperity, we can use it as an example in our own prayers. There is nothing wrong with asking God for any of the blessings from Jabez’ personal prayer to God. We do find at the end of verse 10 that God granted Jabez’ requests. However, we also need to point back to the beginning of verse 9 that stated Jabez was an honorable person. God’s blessings often come with our obedience to Him and knowing what God’s will is for us and then trusting God to provide us with His very best, even if that does not match what we think it should be. Instead of looking for a magical formula to gain God’s blessings, focus on living a life of obedience to God. His blessings are sure to follow.

Jabez’ prayer is not a magical formula for riches and prosperity. Instead of looking for a magical formula to gain God’s blessings, focus on living a life of obedience to God. His blessings are sure to follow. –click to tweet

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Cover_m God, Love and Marshmallow Wars: This book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel

 

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Looking for a speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.

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Couple Challenge: Memorize & Discuss

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If we are busy dwelling on the list found in this verse, we probably would not have much time to dwell on things we shouldn’t. On paper, list each of the things that Paul says we are to dwell on. Next, beside each one, write an example of something that would fit that category. We probably can all say that we have considered each one of these at some point in our life, but to dwell on something means that you think about it and talk about it frequently. The expectation is that these are the things we constantly dwell on. Look through the list and circle the ones that you dwell on consistently. What are the things that might draw your thoughts away from your anxieties? How can you focus your mind and thoughts to dwell on things from this list? To sum up the list, God is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable. He is the standard for moral excellence, and He is worthy of all praise. So let your mind dwell on Him.

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things. — Philippians 4:8

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