Romans 12: 1-2
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is an everlasting rock.
Romans 8: 5-6
…those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
…to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Fall has been with us now for awhile- bringing it’s usual contrast of the familiar and the new. In the bustle of the early school year, new faces mix with old friends, new classes follow familiar routines. At home, the same boys carry new responsibilities and think new thoughts, the same hearts fill bigger bodies. Crispness creeps into the morning air, but the afternoons hold summertime warmth. The places, vast ocean, twilight hills, skies and sands together have lost their summer busy bright- instead now still and fall quiet, the golden slant of autumn sun glowing peacefulness. Steady in the rush. New and old, the passage of time, the moment here and now and the longevity of years and truth.
Brian’s been teaching at church on Romans 12.
I’ve been thinking of Philippians 4:8
Mind. Setting it- on the Truth of God’s love, mercy, gentleness, holiness. Thinking on these things. It changes my heart and life- willing sacrifice, emotion and decision- love, sacrifice, thanks, humility.
And the God of peace is with me… life and peace, kept and guarded.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things… and the God of peace will be with you.