Finally, brothers, 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.
Christians sometimes say that positive thinking is dependence on self but I am learning more and more that the Bible does indeed talk about positive thinking. It’s not about self-belief and mind over matter but being positive and thinking good thoughts in all circumstances really does make a difference.
The Bible has to be taken into context though and if we take Philippians 4:8 above alone it has a great message of having good thoughts but when taken into context the verse has a specific application. What is the application you ask?
Well, Paul writes Philippians 4 in the context of an ongoing conflict between Euodia & Syntyche (2 women in the Philippian church). Thinking positive applies to conflicts and I am learning more & more these days to think good things in any situation and not to assume the worse of people. It really helps conflict resolution but more importantly it aids my well-being tremendously.
Thinking positive is not just about having hope in situations; it’s about giving others the benefit of the doubt in any situation and circumstance.
Think positive today! You won’t regret it!