“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
I tend to think that thoughts are active, not passive.
Sure, when you’re walking down the street and see someone having a chocolate bar, it’s natural to think about eating chocolate. That’s what I would call a passive thought.
But most of our thoughts are active, meaning that we make a conscious, internal decision about what to spend our time thinking about. This is important because so many of our words and actions flow from what is happening in our brains.
My phone has a SIM card. That little SIM card stores information and connects me to the internet, my messages, and so much of my online activity.
What if we thought about our thoughts as the SIM card within each of us and connecting us to the outside world?
What do you daydream about? What do you think about when no one is watching? What do you stew about? What do you spend time pondering?
Just as we purify water before we drink it, let’s purify our thoughts with a Jesus-filter before we speak things, decide things and do things.
If you learn to yield your thoughts to Jesus, your words and actions will follow.
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