T.G.I.F. nights are some of my favorite childhood memories. In the early 90’s you would find our family huddled close in the living room eating homemade pizza while watching the Friday night lineup. Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World, and Full House were among some of our favorites.
When Netflix announced it was bringing back the Full House cast with a sequel, I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to introduce my own children to San Francisco’s Tanner clan. When Fuller House premiered, I excitedly gathered my kiddos together to watch the pilot episode, but quickly regretted that decision.
I was shocked by the inappropriate adult content. It is not something I want my elementary aged children experiencing. Sure, Fuller House may be a silly example, especially since not all the show’s content is bad, but it’s valid. Even in these mostly-OK little things, I need to listen to that gentle nudge on my conscious. The things we watch and read and fill our mind with should be refining, not corrupting.
Last week, Becky introduced us to our series on Philippians 4:8. Be sure to check out what she said about true and noble, if you haven’t already done so, before we take a deeper look at the next part of this Scripture.
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
In January I talked about the internet. With the click of a button we have access to anything and everything the world has to offer and, unfortunately, the world has a lot of distasteful things for us to spend our time on. Satan loves this and uses it to tear apart marriages, to destroy friendships, and to make us completely ineffective as Christ ambassadors. So, how can we protect ourselves and know that the things we are watching, reading, and experiencing are right and pure?
I think there are three things to keep in mind:
- First,we need to remember that the Spirit of God dwells within us. It’s the Spirit that helps us interpret and discern between evil and holy things. It guides and transforms us. It empowers us to be obedient to God’s Word. It leads us to be more like Jesus. But we must be willing to listen!
- Second, when it comes to thinking on things that are right, we need to look to the One who is righteous. We should think on the holy nature of God and model our behavior after Him. Think of it as a heart transformation. The more we allow the Spirit to work in us, to change us, the more honorable our actions and behaviors will become.
- Third, our hearts define us. Everything we say, do, and think starts in our hearts. God sees our secrets, knows our thoughts, and experiences our feelings. And, unfortunately, our hearts are broken and ugly. That’s why Jesus came. He had to die in order for our hearts to be made pure. And in order for our hearts to be pure we need to focus on faith. Look to Christ and His truths while fighting against Satan’s deceit.
It’s easier said than done. But I do believe that if we commit to holding one another accountable, to thinking on whatever is right and pure, then we will experience God’s blessings in a transforming way. Who’s with me? let’s be transformed… together!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” –Hebrews 10:24