When I have changed my mind (repented), I need to fill my mind with the right things. What should I think about? What should concern me?
When I have learned something, I need to put it into practice. Life with Jesus, our Master, is not an exercise in intellectual gymnastics. Thinking the right things and doing the right things makes everything work together. It creates an amazing harmony.
God has a goal from me. It is transformed thinking and acting on love.
Here is a wonderful list of things to think about:
- What is true
- What is noble
- Who is reputable
- Who is authentic
- What is compelling from Jesus
- What it takes to be gracious
- What is the best
- The beautiful things in life
- Things to praise
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.