Updated: Sep 7
I love music. It is one of God’s many gifts to us, and we can gift it back to Him in the form of praise and worship. Besides, it is scientifically proven that music can influence your mood, and at times can even reduce anxiety and pain. However, in order to be positively influenced by music, it is important that we listen to the right kind.
I want to share a few verses that can help us determine whether what we’re listening to is honouring to God and beneficial for us as Christians.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
This verse gives very clear guidelines as to what we should allow to enter our minds. When you listen to music, ask yourself whether the message it presents it is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praiseworthy. And not just any one of these criteria, but all of them.
Proverbs 4:23-24 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee.”
Here we are told to guard what enters our heart. Part of doing that is keeping away “froward mouths” and “perverse lips”. If the music you’re listening to has bad language in it, then it is not pleasing to God, and you are not guarding your heart.
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Here Paul beseeches believers to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind”. When we allow ungodly music into our minds, we hinder the godly transformation that ought to take place. When we become children of God, we should no longer indulge in worldly things, and that includes worldly music.
Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
When we listen to pleasant, God-honoring music, it is no wonder that our attitudes are affected. When we allow God’s truth to enter our minds through the music we listen to, our soul rejoices.
Starting this Wednesday, I will begin recommending a Christian song weekly. I believe music is a tool and blessing for those who seek to live “for the gospel’s sake”, and I can’t wait to share some with you, so be on the lookout!
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