Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. (2 Peter 3:1, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Wholesome, promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit. Thinking, using one’s mind to consider or reason about something. “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, NIV 1984). These are the “somethings” we must use our minds to consider. These are the “somethings” that are wholesome.
True – Being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact.
Noble – Having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.
Right – That which is morally correct, just, or honorable.
Pure – Wholesome and untainted by immorality.
Lovely – Having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye; charmingly or gracefully beautiful.
Admirable – Deserving of high regard or great approval.
Excellent – Of the highest or finest quality.
Praiseworthy – Deserving of high regard or great approval.
Our minds are subjected to so much on social networks, the media and the arts that are far from whatever is true, noble, right, pure. lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. To such an extent that it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish what is true, noble, right, pure. lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Unless one takes the time to think and meditate on such things using God’s Word as the standard. But how many of us spend as much time in the Word as we do on social networks, the media, and the arts?
My Advice – We must be careful. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” (Matthew 15:19, NIV 1984). Or not, if we drive them out by wholesome thinking.