Paul advises believers in Philippians 2:1-5 (NIV, 1973/2011) to be mindful and live with an awareness of the present. A cognitive component is “to take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Moreover, Paul encourages people to be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2) and to practise “God-honouring thoughts” (Philippians 4:9). In this way, personal awareness of feelings and subsequent meditation on God’s words offers individuals the opportunity to reframe negative feelings more positively; focusing on God’s promises of grace and comfort whilst not worrying or being distracted about the future (Matthew 6:25-34).
The Lord promises those who place their hope in Him will be renewed in their strength (Isaiah 40:31) and that even in suffering the God of all grace will restore His children, make them strong, firm, and steadfast (1 Peter 5:10).