Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 07:54 PM

Our thoughts can be positive or negative. Positive thoughts can build up, while negative thoughts, if left unchecked, can be cause us to do things we might otherwise not do. Negative thoughts can lead to unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, discontent, and contempt. Thoughts can significantly influence our words and actions. (Click on title to read complete post.)

Our thoughts can be positive or negative. Positive thoughts can build up, while negative thoughts, if left unchecked, can be cause us to do things we might otherwise not do. Negative thoughts can lead to unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, discontent, and contempt. Thoughts can significantly influence our words and actions. In Matthew 15:18-19, Jesus is recorded as having put it this way:

But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Paul emphasizes the importance of paying attention to what we put in our minds so that our thoughts are aligned with God (Romans 12:2).

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

In Philippians 4:8, he also tells us what we should be thinking about.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

What are you thinking about? What thoughts do you have about your spouse?

If you find yourself strongly reacting to situations that don’t merit such a reaction, examine your thoughts. You can choose a different reaction by changing your thought. You may need to give your spouse the benefit of the doubt. Or, you may need to focus on gratitude for your spouse and the small things he or she does so that you can get away from viewing them negatively. If you are entertaining thoughts about divorce, stop it! This can be a strong undercurrent to the marriage and the more you dwell on it, the more you will look for (and find) things to support divorce and before you know it, you will be on the path of divorce. I know. I’ve gone down that path! Instead, think about your spouse as God’s perfect provision for you and see how you perceive things differently.

 

Note: Scripture verses are from the New International Version, unless otherwise indicated.


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