Whatever is commendable, think on these things

Phil 4:8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. 11 Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

What a wealth of information and indeed encouragement is contained in these few verses. Have you noticed that when we think on or dwell on the negative, then it is as though we are operating under a cloud of gloom?  We read criticism into things that are said to us, we expect bad things to occur, and we do not give others or ourselves a chance to succeed.  Yet, when keep our mind fixed on the things of God, even though our circumstances may not be any different, we develop an ability to react to our circumstances as Christ would.  

Contentment is one of those states of being that can bring with it a true peace, and it is only in Christ that we find both contentment and peace.  Yet, too often we seek for these these elsewhere, only to be disappointed.

If you are living a life that is lacking contentment, turn to the Holy Scriptures for comfort and guidance and you will begin to experience life out from under a cloud of gloom and instead will dwell in the light of His love.

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