- Right Praying. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and yourminds in Christ Jesus [vv. 6-7].
- Right Thinking. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure,whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things [v. 8].
- Right Living. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you [v. 9].
John Piper puts our minds precisely where they need to be...
How to Honor Those Who Died? - Piper, John
The greatest tribute we can pay to those who have perished in the past 9/11’s of the world is to believe that “not a hair of our heads will perish,” even if we are beheaded ; and then to use that utter security to risk our lives in the service of people who suffer and are on the brink of eternal suffering.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).
This is the certainty that our 9/11 is coming, and that not a hair of our heads will perish.
Those who know they will certainly go through a 9/11 and come out of it in the presence of Christ, should be the freest, most risk-taking, sacrificial lovers in the world. It has been true: “You joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one” (Hebrews 10:34). It can be true again.