You can’t fill a sponge with dirty dishwater and then
expect sweet juice to come out when it’s squeezed.
Our minds behave similarly.
We need to guard our hearts and minds.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We need to make sure what we allow into our minds is good if we want to be people of honor.
If we fill our minds with immoral and crude language, images, ideas…that is what we become.
When the crises of life squeeze us, who we are on the inside is what pours out.
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.
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.
What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them,
but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”