Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Not only do our thoughts affect our words, (Our Words: Philippians 4:8) they also affect our actions. If we think on dishonest things, we may find ourselves taking things that don’t belong to us. If we think on things that are impure, we may wind up in places that we should not be, engaging in behaviors or relationships that are not of God.
Conversely, if we think on things that are just, we find ourselves working for justice. If we think on things that are lovely, and true, and positive, we find ourselves smiling at others, reaching out to help, and enjoying being with them. If we think thoughts that are full of gratitude, actions of kindness and love towards others will be a natural response.
Our actions can also change our thoughts. When we choose to perform an act of kindness towards someone, we find ourselves thinking kind thoughts and speaking kind words towards them. As we help rebuild a burned home, or provide food for someone to eat, our focus changes from a world filled with tragedy and hunger to the goodness of God and of people. As we pray for someone who has done the unforgiveable, we find forgiveness in our hearts.
Let us move with purpose to bring life to those around us through our actions.
Lord, we pray that you would show us what we can do to bring life to this world. To ourselves, and to those around us. Bring the aged to us that we may make time to listen to their stories. Help us to use our resources to feed the hungry, be it hunger in body, soul, or spirit. Help us to take action and not wait until we feel like it. For Lord, feelings follow our actions. Keep ever before us the action of Your Son Jesus, who died that we might live. Help us to chose life in His Name. Amen