Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
The theologian Jonathan Edwards once said, "The ideas and images in men's minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them."
What we do with our thoughts really does make a difference. What we think does matter. Now, it is not the "power of positive thinking," like so many people promote these days – it's the power of godly thinking, and when we choose to fill our minds with godly things, our spirits are renewed and His grace restores us.
When we choose instead to focus on our circumstances, on our failures, or on the wrongs done to us, bitterness brews, anxiety follows, and suffering is in store for not only us, but also for those around us.
We can control our thoughts or be controlled by our thoughts. By the grace of the Lord, we have the opportunity to choose to develop a godly thought life. We’ll grow in our relationship with God, with one another, and within ourselves. Think about it!