Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Overcoming Negativity: Day 21: Whatever is Noble

Today's Challenge: Reflect Jesus 

no·ble

 adjective \ˈnō-bəl\
: having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.)
: of, relating to, or belonging to the highest social class : of, relating to, or belonging to the nobility
: impressive in size or appearance

The word noble suggests something higher: higher qualities, higher social class, higher standards. 

A person of nobility does not think of themselves as lowly or average.

A person of nobility sees themselves as grand, excellent, superior, exalted.

I'm not suggesting that we think of ourselves that way.

However, Philippians 4:8 tells us that whatever is...noble...think on these things.

So it stands to reason that we ought to be thinking on things that are exalted, superior, excellent; things that have the qualities of honesty, generosity, courage, compassion, consideration, loyalty...Something or Someone who possesses those qualities we admire and attain to have.

Someone like...oh, I don't know...say, like...Jesus?

Someone who doesn't change, isn't unpredictable, won't let us down, won't get disgusted with us when we are acting far from noble, won't abandon us when we become less than those qualities we desire to achieve...when we are at our lowest of lows.

When we think of ourselves as nobility, when we exalt ourselves, or act superior---we are actually becoming the opposite of what we desire to achieve. 

That is a sure sign of pride and arrogance, and the Throne is a one-seater. The King doesn't share His Throne with any of us.

He does, however, invite us into His Kingdom. He invites us to aspire to become and believe like Jesus, and Jesus turned the world upside down with His thinking.

We are not to act like nobility, but by thinking like a noble person, we become noble in character.

A person of noble character thinks on things that bear fruit. 
Things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22).

A person of noble character thinks on things that reflect the character of God
Things like grace, mercy, forgiveness, acceptance and sensitivity.

A noble person thinks more about others and less about themselves
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves (Phil 2:3).

When we are tempted by thoughts that border on the negative, we must replace them with thoughts that reflect a person of noble character.

Not to sound cliche, but really, we ought to ask ourselves, What would Jesus do? 

Or, to take it one step further, ask Him directly instead of pondering it.
     Jesus, is this a noble thought? 
     Does this reflect your character? 
     Does this bring glory, honor and joy to our Father? 
     Does this thought exalt you?
     Does this thought serve to help me aspire to be more like you?

If the answer to any of those questions is no, it's time to think again. Lasso the thought. Then try again.

God always allows us a second chance. And a third. And a fourth...

Blessings Along the Path,

     





Sharing today with
Judith from Wholehearted Wednesday
and Word Filled Wednesday
and Holly from Testimony Tuesday




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