A month ago yesterday I posted the following – “So only Philippians 4:8-9 has the word dwell used with the meaning we are looking to study. This is interesting. I think we only have a few main reasons why we don’t see dwelling in more passage. 1. What we focus our attention on is not that important. Or 2. The topic is so clear no more passages are needed. Or 3. There are other words used to describe the same idea, i.e. synonyms for the word dwell.”
The last post expanded on option #1. (Yea, read it if you haven’t yet please.)
Most likely I am overly complicating this topic. I tend to overcomplicate nearly everything, but wait a moment. There is a difference between knowing and doing. Here is the reason I am exploring the idea in the first place.
I doubt it is any surprise that what I focus upon captures my attention. Practically speaking, the Bible probably also does not frequently address this truth because it is pretty obvious. But I don’t believe this is the reason this specific word, dwell, is not used often to teach about our focus of attention.
I believe the real reason Philippians 4:8-9 is the only passage using dwell in this way is because there are other ways to describe this specific idea. So, onto a series of posts with different passages also teaching about how we are to focus our attention, but using different words.
How am I “dwelling”? (Yes, this is a self-diagnostic question for you.)