Proverbs 4:23 Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.
So what goes on in that head of yours?
In your mind there is a continual stream of thinking. But what kind of thinking? What is it saying to you? Because how you think, so your life will be.
When you see a Gothic person, or a prostitute - what do you think?
When you see someone you don't like very much - what do you think?
When you see someone who has done you wrong, what do you think?
When you hear a sermon that convicts you and stirs your Spirit, what are your thoughts?
When you hear a new idea what are your thoughts?
It says in the Bible that what you sow, you reap. What your thoughts are is what you live. If you think critically about people, you life will be one of criticism. If you think bitterly, you will live a life of bitterness. Do you play out arguments in your head? Do you think about what you SHOULD have said to that person? Do you think about how you can be revengeful? Do you think in truth? In love? With compassion? - This is how your live will be.
We have the ability to control how our live will be - by controlling our thoughts. It IS possible - so the excuse "I can't help what I think.." doesn't have a leg to stand on. You can control your thoughts by nipping the less than desirable thoughts in the bud and forcing yourself to think something more positive. If you start thinking critically, stop yourself and think something more constructive. If you are dwelling on past hurts, remind yourself that it's only destroying you - not the other person. Speak God's Word into negative situations - do anything you can to stop yourself thinking this way. This will soon become your habit. If you are used to thinking with love, with kindness, with compassion, your negativity will dissapear - and this will be shaping your life.
Matthew 15:18 But the words that come out of your mouth come from your heart.
What you habitually think, will end up flowing from your heart to your mouth. If you are a whiner, whinger, always complaining, then look very carefully at how you think. Whinging and whining all the time are not life-giving words. They bring people down, they are not uplifting nor are they showing that you are reigning in life. (If you have genuine problems and it's not your habit to whine and complain about everything, it's different!!!) If you criticize people, the church, the world, etc - then look carefully inside you. Criticism does not give life to it's hearers. It brings people down, it can hurt, it can destroy.
How much better it would be for love, God's Word, kindness, peace, and goodness to flow from our mouths!!
Phillipians 4:8 In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.
Who wants to live a noble, right, pure, lovely and honorable life?
Lord help me bind the thoughts that I don't want to shape my life. Help me remember that it's your will that I live a life that is noble, right, pure, lovely and honorable - and that it is my own doing if I am not living that way. I take responsibility for my thinking and the way my life is. I own that it's my responsibility to change it for the better. Thankyou Lord for teaching me how I can have the best life possible. Amen