Daily D – Romans 8:6
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. ROMANS 8:6 (NLT)
When Jesus said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life,” (John 10:10), he did not mean he is going to force pleasantness and goodness on you. You kinda sorta have to participate. It is possible to place your faith in Christ, to experience his transformation, and later to shift into curmudgeon mode, or worse.
You and I can fill our minds with grace-wrapped words of edification and kindness, or we can fill our minds with the bomb-throwing outrage of our day. How do we get more life and peace, and less death breath? Philippians 4:8 is a good place to start. Listen to what Paul wrote:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
The Message paraphrase says it like this:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
You and I can fix our minds by fixing our focus. There are some things we do not get a choice about seeing or hearing. There are many more things we do not have to see or hear or experience. We can make better choices. We do not have to live like dogs returning to vomit or pigs to slop and mud.
We can look for beauty. We can delight in wonder. We can choose grace.
We see what we are looking for, so it has been observed. What observations will you make today? What options will you choose about what you place before your eyes or in your ears? Me? I want more of the good life. I want more peace. I will ask the Spirit of God to fill my mind with life and peace.
I will choose life and peace.
Our Father, in chaotic days like this, it is hard to escape death-breathing reality. As you have breathed life into us, empower us to breathe life and beauty, peace and purpose everywhere we go. Give us wisdom to turn away from unnecessary hateful and hurtful things. Give us the joy of discovering and pondering beauty and goodness. Fill our minds with your thoughts and our mouths with your words. Amen.
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Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. (CSB)
Matthew 14:29 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter answered him, “command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. (CSB)
Matthew 14:19, 20 Then he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, looking up to heaven, he blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate and was satisfied. They picked up twelve baskets full of leftover pieces. (CSB)