Have you ever thought?

Have you ever thought?

“Now that seems like a senseless expression,” you may be thinking. Or you may be saying, “Of course I have. I think all the time. I think when I get up in the morning until I go to sleep at night. How degrading a question and so ignorant of you to raise such a question. People cannot not think.” “Aw”, but I reply to you, “What do you think about?” or better still, “How do you think?” If the writer asked you those questions you probably could answer the first two questions without difficulty but the last would give you problems. To the question “Have you ever thought?” you would probably reply, “Of course.” To the question “What do you think?” you might say, “I think about many things, the weather, friends, work, home.” But now I ask the question, “How do you think?” Difficulty sets in because it requires one to analyze what goes on in the mind. It requires a person to pay attention to how one thought leads to another. It also requires us to think about what we think and analyze how what we think about will affect our attitude and behavior. Our thinking does, you know, determine our attitude and behavior.

In Proverbs 23:7 we read this, “For as he thinks within himself so is he. . . .” (NASB) Here it is said that our thinking really determines who we are. This “within” is called the heart in the King James Version. The heart in scripture is the very center of our being. It is the seat of emotions, thoughts, attitudes and behavior. In Matthew 15:19, Jesus says, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.”

I hope you’ve been thinking about your thinking and some possibilities about how your thinking affects your life.

By the way, there is an approach to psychology called cognitive psychology. That approach helps a person be aware of and think about what they think.

My desire is for your thinking to be like Jesus’ thinking. That it is God-ward, so that your life will be one of joy in the Lord. Notice I said joy and not happiness. Joy and Happiness are not exactly the same in our thinking, so think about that.

“Our only hope is in Him who died that we might life.” Romans 5:1-10

Sola scriptura

Sola fide

Sola gratia

Solus Christus

Sole Deo gloria

Dewey Wise

February 6, 2009

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