Read: 2 Peter 3:1-9
Consider: Peter’s encouragement to wholesome thinking can sound quite old-fashioned to our ears, yet we know exactly what he is saying. We know that the tendency of the human heart is to allow our minds to be filled with all kinds of thoughts, not all of which we would call wholesome.
Of course, living and thinking in a wholesome way takes effort. We can only resist having wrong thoughts by filling our minds with good thoughts. In the Old Testament it says:
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
Psalm 119:9 (NIV)
While the psalmist directs this towards the young it applies equally well if you are middle-aged or older. Living a life of purity takes discipline.
Paul sums this up this need for pure thinking well in Philippians where he says:
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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)
As Peter’s reason for writing his letters was to stimulate his readers to wholeseome thinking, so we should also be encouraging others around us to focus their minds on wholesome thinking.
Pray: Father, forgive us for so easily giving in to unwholesome thoughts. Help us to focus our minds on what is truly excellent or praiseworthy. May we also encourage others to do the same. Amen