“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
Depraved minds think about those things that are wrong and impure. The rise of pornographic images contributes to depraved thinking and is destroying the souls of men and women caught in its perverted web. Paul lived in an impure culture as well. In fact, for many in his day, illicit sex was a religion, not just a business. Pastor and Author, Ray Stedman wrote:
“Corinth was a city given over to the worship of sex. A thousand priestesses from the temple of Aphrodite that stood on the little hill behind the ancient city would come down into the streets at night and ply their trade. Sexual promiscuity, therefore, was accepted and highly regarded in that culture, as it is pretty much the same today…”
These were the cities where Paul established churches in his missionary journeys. To counter the devastating effects of impurity, Paul stresses that Christ followers must transform the way they think.
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
What consumes your thoughts? That is what you will become. How can you live with pure thoughts in such an impure world? The answer to that question is found in Psalm 119:7
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word.”
If you want to flourish mentally, emotionally, physically, relationally, and spiritually, fix your thoughts on what is right and pure. God wired us with the ability to only think about one thing at a time. When a wrong or impure thought enters your mind, replace it with what is right and pure. This is one of the great benefits of meditating on Scripture. Paul is saying that if you want to fix your thoughts, think about these things.