Garbage in, garbage out—it’s an established principle of life—right? So, as Christians, how do we live around all of the bad and not become bad? Jesus was elbow-to-elbow with what society perceived as the most sinful, yet He was never like them! On one hand, we all know “Christians” who are so far above everyone else that they have no idea how to relate to anyone except people like themselves. On the other hand, how do we live in the world without becoming like it?  

The balance in maintaining a pure heart without being divorced from the lost and dying world, must begin at the level of our heart and mind in order to be genuine and lasting.

We must not internalize the garbage of the world.

The Bible says, “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.” (Philippians 4:8) God-centered thinking begins in our time with Him first thing in the morning. It is critically important that we constantly seek to feed our mind with Him! 

Unfortunately, we often would rather feast our minds on things less than Him—trash that does not glorify Him. It follows that if garbage is what we are importing into our soul by—looking at it, listening to it, or thinking about it—then there is no way that what comes out of our mouth or what we do will make us Christlike. We will NOT be God’s light to the world. We can’t because—light does not dwell with darkness. People need true compassion and love, and this only comes from Christ. Love cannot be fabricated—it belongs to God. I am challenged today to wisely choose my radio station, television program, book, movie, etc., so that what others see in me—will mirror what I receive from Christ. He is lovely.

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