When good friends visit, we should welcome and entertain them and hope they’ll call again. The same cannot be said about undesirable visitors. If we warmly welcome them into our lives it can often be very difficult to get them to leave.
Entertaining visitors is similar to entertaining thoughts. We have to be very discerning about what thoughts we choose to let in. If we welcome undesirable thoughts into our mind they’ll soon become unwelcome guests. Entertaining thoughts like: worry, judging, jealousy, bitterness, lust, pride and so on, only encourages them to make themselves at home. Once entrenched, it is immensely difficult to get them to leave. God has given us a golden rule: Entertain noble, graceful and charitable thoughts, but should undesirable thoughts come knocking - best not to answer the door. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8