Friday, September 20, 2019

The Thought Life

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Have you ever had a song go through your mind over and over again?  You hear it playing, and it might even stay with you for days at a time.  Thoughts are very much like songs.  A thought can come to mind, even a terrible thought, and often it can stick like glue.  Not only does it lodge itself in your mind, but it can grow into something larger and ever more disturbing.  Someone does you wrong, like cheat you out of something, steal something from you, speak lies about you, harm a member of your family, or whatever kind of wrong may come your way. At that point in time every one of us has the choice of how to react to that particular injustice.  Nothing is wrong with immediately reacting with anger.  What we do with that anger is what determines its effect on our lives. Each one of us has the choice to accept the injustice and forgive, as difficult as that can be, or we can hold on to the anger and allow it to grow and consume us.  The offense is a seed.  A seed must be fed in order to grow.  If it is not fed, it will not even grow roots.  If that seed is fed by anger and resentment, it will grow roots and the plant will continue to grow.  In a very short period of time, the root of bitterness will take hold and cast a dark cloud over your life.  Bitterness is a root that injects poison into your life.  It keeps you from enjoying the blessings in life.  What started as a seed planted by one injustice has now sprouted above the surface and is growing like a cancer.  It is producing rotten fruit in your life and keeping you from being the productive and compassionate person that God has called you to be. What started out as anger has grown into a stronghold.  Also, the root of bitterness, under the surface, continues to grow in size and strength.  It is now very difficult to dig up and throw away. What is the solution?  It is prevention.  When the seed of injustice is sewn in your life, throw it out immediately!  You cannot afford to let it remain and grow.  It is much easier and less painful to throw out a seed than it is to go back later and dig up the roots of a large oak tree.  Forgive now!  The person who wronged you does not care what it’s doing to you.  You alone pay the price of resentment and bitterness.  The offender has moved on, and you’re still stuck in the mud and muck, saying, “you don’t know what that person did to me.”  Get over it!  Humbly accept the gift of forgiveness, and allow that forgiveness to operate in every part of your life.  God did it 2,000 years ago, when He sent his Son to die for your sins and forgive you.

As God’s Word says, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” - Luke 6: 37 - 38.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ... - 2 Corinthians 10: 4 - 5