I do this because I know the importance of controlling our thoughts. When a person embraces a new way of thinking, it will lead to a new way of living.
When Paul wrote his letter of instruction and rebuke to the church at Corinth, he spoke of “taking every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10).” Paul believed that the undisciplined life of these people could be changed, if they were willing to discipline their thoughts.
Thoughts worth thinking seem to have been a theme of Paul’s. He instructed the Philippians to focus their thoughts on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.”
If we fail to dwell on “these things,” are we giving squatter’s rights to unwelcome guests? Do we make room for doubt, despair, and depression? Are thoughts of excellence overcome by mental mediocrity? Do helpful thoughts become hurtful thoughts? Are principled thoughts compromised? Do we think more of reconciliation or retaliation?
I’ll close with the wise words of Solomon: As a person thinks in his heart , so is he (Proverbs 23:7). So, how are you thinking?