The Third Condition for Peace
“…think on these things…” (Philippians 4:8)
Someone said, “Five percent of people think. Ten percent think they think and eighty five percent would rather die than think. And the ten percent who think they’re thinking are just rearranging their prejudices.” In Paul’s third condition for peace he challenges us to join the five percent and think. He also tells us specifically how to think. It’s as if our thoughts are sheep and we are the shepherd of our sheep thoughts.
Paul challenges us to think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and good news. We naturally seem to think about things that are not true, dishonorable, unjust, impure, ugly, and bad news. Among other things, Paul is teaching us here the mental discipline of positive thinking.
I’m amazed at how Paul’s prescription for peace agrees with the teaching of Jesus. Jesus taught us not to worry especially about the things we cannot control. He highly valued prayer in His own life and taught His disciples that men should always pray. He also taught that the difference between a life filled with light, or happiness and a life filled with darkness or unhappiness is how we see things. His greatest discourse was eight attitudes that can make us one of His solutions and answers in this world.
According to Paul, having and maintaining the state of peace known as “the peace of God” is largely a matter of what we worry about or pray and think about all day.
What do you think about? Do you have hardening of the attitudes? Join the devout minority and think your way to the peace of God.