While driving to Ohio the past two days, my friend/assistant Linda and I had lots of time to think and lots of time to talk. We get to control both don’t we? What we think about and what we choose to talk about.
The Scripture is full of solid instruction about both things. I hope you’ve learned what I’ve learned – God’s holy Word is practical for us today. It’s rich and instructive. I depended upon much of it even before beginning my personal relationship with Christ. You can, too. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you will find the Bible relevant. It is first and foremost a love letter from your creator, God, about the relationship He would love to have with you. But it is so much more.
The following verses about thinking inspire me. Maybe your heart and mind needs to know them today, too. All but the last ones I’ll share are written by Paul, as God inspired him.
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, …”
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
“Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”
~1 Corinthians 14:20
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, …”
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
After reading these verses again yesterday, I had to include them here. I want to think about the right things and respond rightly. I hope you do, too.
“I entreat your favor with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;
I hasten and do not delay
to keep your commandments.”