Have you noticed that we practice what we ponder? The focus of our minds affects our behavior. When we dwell on Christ, our lives are filled with peace. When we don’t, we experience chaos.
Paul summarized a list of Christ-like qualities to ponder and put into practice.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things” (Philippians 4:8-9).
Interestingly, the opposite characteristics are traits of Satan. That’s why we should focus on what is true (John 14:6), rather than false (John 8:44); noble (James 2:7), not useless (2 Corinthians 2:11); right (Philippians 1:1; 3:9), as opposed to wicked (Acts 13:10); pure (1 John 3:3), instead of mixed (2 Corinthians 11:14); lovely (Ephesians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 13:6), rather than selfish (James 3:15-16); admirable (Luke 4:18), over shameful (1 Peter 5:8-10); excellent (Hebrews 5:9; 7:28), in lieu of mediocre (1 John 3:8); and praiseworthy (Philippians 2:10-11) over accusatory (Revelation 12:10).
Paul vividly anchored the scale for our thoughts.
Memorize this list of Christ-like character traits, remembering that we practice what we ponder, and practice makes perfect peace.