I love the dictionary!
If God tells me that my thoughts are to be noble, then I better have a clear understanding of what that means, right?
It turns out that there is the obvious definition of nobility pertaining to "class, title, and rank". This was what I thought, yet I had to chew on that for a bit. How do those things honor the Lord in my mind?
definition said Nobility also involves an heir of "being special; set apart". A noble thought is excellent, holds a high moral standard and is wrapped in dignity.
Wow. Have I told you before that I love God's word? It seems like the deeper I go, the more I realize I barely scratch the surface...
I have already discovered that my thoughts are to be true, but now to the truth they also must be noble.
In regards to the whole title, rank, class part I am to have no hint of arrogance in the truth that I am set apart for Christ. I am His and that alone make me special (to Him). Arrogant thoughts would be a warning that I have forgotten to think true thoughts. Truth is I am nothing, He is everything.
Back to noble. My thoughts are to be excellent. This one convicts me. I have a lot of thoughts in a day.
I mean a lot.
I have to confess most of them are not "excellent".
In my crazy world, my head is usually spinning as I race from one task to another. This does not produce "excellent" thoughts. I need to slow down in order to ensure that I am purposeful even in my own head. (I can see that this is going to be a lifelong process).
The last two parts of thinking noble thoughts is that I should have "high moral thoughts" and they should be wrapped in dignity. That seems pretty obvious. If I am looking over the fence in my head dreaming that the grass is greener over "there" then I am likely not having high moral thoughts.
There's a praise song that says,
"Lord my heart, is prone to wander.
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here's my heart, Lord take and seal it. Seal it for Your Courts above."
I love that. The truth is the Lord already knows my mind will wander.
An immoral thought, a doubt, an inward complaint is not a sinful thought UNLESS I dwell on it and allow it to take root.
Our enemy is the father of lies and I believe some of the bloodiest spiritual battles are fought between our ears.
Today, let our thoughts be true: absolutely! But may they also be highly moral and wrapped in dignity. May we dwell excellence and be conscious of idle thinking.
Since the Word says clearly, "As a man thinks, So is he" I choose to be conscious of my thoughts.
What's your thought on thinking noble thoughts?
"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. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."