The Mental Battle
Have you ever noticed how important our thought-life according to the Bible? I just noticed that it is everywhere in Philippians.
Phroneo (to think):
- “It is right for me to feel (literally ‘think’) this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace”. (1:7)
- “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (2:2).
- “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (2:5)
- “Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.” (3:15)
- “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with their minds set on earthly things”. (3:19)
- “I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree (literally ‘to think the same’) in the Lord” (4:2)
- “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern (literally ‘thinking’) for me. You were indeed concerned (literally ‘thinking’) for me, but you had no opportunity. (4:10)
Logizomai (to think about, consider):
- “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on (3:13)”
- “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.” (4:8)
See also: 1:17, 3:4.