[From the Archive] The other night Precious (one of our Great Pyrenees) tore up my laundry room. She ate through a wicker basket, left a pound of sand on the floor (from the dried mud after the rain), ate a shoe, tore open a package of paper plates, ripped an Amazon packing box into nine thousand pieces, you get the idea.
She looked at me, tail wagging, with those big eyes. I hugged her big neck, gave her kisses, let her out and cleaned up the mess, swept, and mopped the floor. Our homeschool began almost an hour late.
Later the same day a person upset me, really hurt my feelings. After I cooled off I asked God’s forgiveness for getting angry. My mind went to the morning incident with Precious. (I believe the Lord led me there).
Why wasn’t I the least bit upset when Precious added an hour of work to my day? I asked myself, “Why do I let people get under my skin and not my animals? ” Is it because they didn’t mean it? Is it because I know my animals love me no matter what I do?
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
Phil 4:8 says to think on the good stuff. When I saw the mess in the laundry room I laughed. I know my sweetie Precious didn’t purposely make extra work for me. Why can’t I have the same grace with people? God continues to love us and allowed us to enjoy His grace and mercy no matter how many times we have failed Him.
The Greek word for “think on these things” is logizomai (Strong’s 3049) which implies concentrated, focused effort.
Since we all have a sin nature you could choose any person and focus on their sinful nature to justify the sins of bitterness and anger. We have the option to focus and think about the evil or praiseworthy things .
Your Neighbor, Your Spouse, Your Children, Your Parents, Your Friends
When you think about you neighbor, your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, do you focus on the negative or do you focus on the praiseworthy things? Do you think whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable?
Thoughts are powerful; “as he thinketh, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). Wrong thoughts will lead to resentment and discouragement, but spiritual thinking will lead to peace. This is stress reduction at its best.
Are you a “see the glass half empty” or “half full” person? Does it depend on the glass? Do you prejudge people? There certainly are a lot of unlovable people in this world. It’s so easy to love the lovable ones. Sometimes unlovable people are our own making because we labeled them as such. Thank God He doesn’t do that with us. God’s love for us is not dependent on our performance. He loves us because that’s WHO HE IS.
Jesus lives within us and should flow through us. If we try to see people through His eyes we can love others, even the obnoxious lady ahead of you in line at Wal-mart with the nasty attitude to the cashier. If we allow Christ to be the Living Water and flow through us, instead of getting disgusted we can actually feel love and experience the peace of God; this is living in the Kingdom of God.