NEW SERIES: A HEALTHY HEART
It was a salutary lesson on how easily we can be receptors of things which damage our wellbeing. I wonder how much our moods, physical health and general equilibrium is affected by things we have heard, seen or read; how much the life-spring within is sullied by the voice of the Evil One masquerading as the latest must-see entertainment, or conversation?
I am not suggesting we hide ourselves away, to avoid being ‘tainted’ – Jesus never did. He frequented the hang-outs of all sorts of 'unsavoury' people; but He did it deliberately, rather than passively. And He took His Kingdom with Him - He expected to influence the atmosphere, rather than be influenced by it. Moreover, He did not set up camp there; His time spent in all manner of challenging situations was balanced with time spent with supportive friends (who were learning a faith-filled perspective), and crucially with His Father.
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
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