Today’s sermon was all about integrity. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. If we let personal prejudices, attitudes and expectations lead us we may find we have conclusions about something that are completely inadequate.
Three Questions that help us to have peace. “We are to park our minds on constructive thoughts, not destructive thoughts… thoughts that breathe life into us not suck life from us.”
1. Did someone actually say this or am I making an assumptions about what they’re thinking?
Truth is that people are really not sitting around thinking about us as much as we would believe. Instead of worrying or being anxious – let us turn to Philippians 4:6 – invites to pray instead of worrying. “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
2. Am I actively immersing myself in the Truth?
The more time we spend in God’s word, the less time we’ll have for untruths to fill us with anxiety. Thinking these thoughts only leads us to worry. Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God, that is surpassing all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” That holds a promise for us – if we turn to God and allow Him to fill us.
3. Are their situations or relationships that feed my insecurities?
A situation or friendship that is not feeding us with Truth and encouragement is not good for us. We need to realize that it isn’t good for either party. Encourage others and seek relationships that encourage and build you up as well. One relationship with Christ is a good example. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Final word Philippians 4:9
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”