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.

Have you ever thought things that actually were not true? You might hear a rumor of something someone said about you or something you did and you begin to think all kinds of things that may or may not be right. Unfortunately, having things said about you or making a few mistakes is inevitable if you hang around human beings often.

How you respond to the things that happen around you is entirely your choice, that is the reality of the situation. Never assume someone has done something or said something until you speak to them first. This is an attribute of the Holy Spirit. Forbearance, or better known as longsuffering, is the quality of patient self-restraint. You patiently restrain from letting your imagination get the best of you until you know the full story.

Paul tells us to think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report. When you think about these things instead of the negative, impure, violent reactions the flesh is prone to, then you will act in a Godly and respectful way worthy of a son or daughter of God. It is possible to do this. A few verses later in Philippians 4:13 Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

How are you responding to what happens around you? Are you bringing your thoughts back to that which is good and wholesome or letting your imagination get the best of you?

Let the Holy Spirit build in you the quality of long suffering when things are said about you.

54-1231 - “Everlasting Life And How To Receive It”

And it could be psychology. You can say, "You see that there?" And you just keep saying, "Yes, I believe it." And believe it so much till actually you think you see it, when you don't. See? That's right. But that's psychology. But you… It's just got you so mentally pressed towards it, till you—you just imagine it, so imagine it so much till it becomes a reality. You just imagine somebody hates you, once. And they don't hate you, but you imagine they do, and you just keep thinking, "They don't like me." And the first thing you'll be shunning that person, when they haven't done nothing to you. And after while, it become so a reality to you, till you'll actually believe that that person doesn't like you. And you'll might bawl them out or say something to you, for instance your wife, or your husband, or some neighbor, or something like that, when, the person is absolutely innocent of any ill thing. It's because that you just imagine it so, till it become a reality to you. Now, see what I mean?

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