Thinking About Thoughts

Posted: May 29, 2015 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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Cartoon-Pinky__Brain_ThinkingI was thinking the other day about my thoughts. It was kind of like talking about having a conversation. Odd as it sounds it isn’t altogether fruitless to take inventory of our thoughts. Often enough our thoughts manifest into actions over time, when given the opportunity to act. Numerous factors keep most thoughts from being acted upon such as time, opportunity, and consequence. However, even with negative consequences considered, people still act upon thoughts.

Thinking evil thoughts without any action, is assumed to be harmless, a victimless crime if you will. Nevertheless, God sees all, knows all, and will even hold us accountable for thoughts. Even with this considered, it is not as though our thoughts are without impact upon those around us. In James 1:15 we read, “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” In other words, if the thoughts and desires we have are not taken captive and put in subjection to Christ, they will lead to dire consequences. In James 4:1 we read, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?” Even if one does not carry out the particular desire and thought in their minds, these thoughts often influence our attitudes leading us to irritability, anger, even bitterness (among many other behavioral attitudes), all of which impact others, as the result of unfulfilled thoughts and desires.

C.H. Spurgeon has some wisdom regarding thoughts, “There is a notion abroad that thought is free; but I remember reading, that although thoughts are toll-free, they are not hell-free; and that saying quite agrees with the good old Book. We cannot be summoned before an earthly court for thinking… Evil thoughts are the marrow of sin; the malt that sin is brewed from, the tinder which catches the sparks of the devil’s temptation! the churn in which the milk of imagination is churned into purpose and plan, the nest is which all evil birds lay their eggs.

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Scriptures are clear in calling the believer to think and feel certain ways. My challenge to you is to examine your thought life. What do you think about the most? What consumes your waking thoughts when not engaged in work? Are you taking captive your thoughts and putting them in subjection to Christ? Are you modifying your habitual thoughts to reflect Jesus Christ, the One who is to be our one and only object of worship?

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