From the Archives: A Manifesto of Sorts

I tend to overthink, be over-emotional and over-sensitive. I may or may not have the qualities of an HSP (highly sensitive person). But it doesn’t really matter how accurately I fit the HSP description; what matters to me is how my inner life and relationships are affected. Because emotions are so powerful, I figured that evil could use this against me. I find that a bigger cause for concern than my tendency to cry so easily in certain situations.
If I am to break unhealthy thought patterns, to grow in being more responsible for how I feel, to stop looking for rejection when there is none, and to be secure in people’s love for me, I’ve decided that Philippians 4:8-9 is a great weapon to combat negative thoughts and calm overwhelmed emotions.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)
To think about, to meditate on, to declare:
That which is true. That the Lord Jesus lived the life I was supposed to live, died the death I should have died, was raised to life and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. That he has saved me from the death penalty brought about by sin and that his free gift is an abundant life, both in the present and in eternity.
That which is honorableHe is a promise-keeping God, faithful to his covenant even when we are unfaithful to him.
That which is justI deserve death and yet in the cross of Christ, God’s justice and love converge in ways I will never fully understand. But I understand enough for me to be grateful for the Lord in the here and now.
That which is pureHis love holds me together and because he first loved us, we are able to love others as well. We do not love chiefly because it is practical, it makes us feel good. We love because we received love first.
That which is lovely. All of creation is a testament to the Father’s love. In a broken world, there is still much beauty to behold. I choose to see the beauty in others and I’ll find my issues slowly melting away, no longer as significant as I thought they were.
That which is commendableThe Lover of my soul is ever-patient and his mercy is inexhaustible. The man I married also reflects this patience, regardless of how many times I’ve had unrealistic expectations of our relationship.
That which is excellentThe Law of the Lord is a gift. It makes wise the simple and keeps your path straight.
That which is praiseworthyRest in the plans and perfect timing of the Lord. Rest in the truth that he continues to work in you and will complete what he started.
Think of these things and “the God of peace will be with you.”
Be still, my heart and soul, and know your God.

This post first appeared on What applied in 2014 still applies to me today.

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