Oh Be Careful Little Mind...
Verse 4 …have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
We have talked about how we tend to treat people who are different than we are but what about the sinful thoughts we have about them?
Now that we acknowledge that we struggle with prejudices and favoritism we must accept the sin of these views. Each of these sins begins with thoughts. Thoughts of pride and self-righteousness lead to these thoughts of judgments. We measure people by our ideals and that leads to us thinking we know how people should dress, act, eat, talk and various other things we think we know the most about.
When we are judging people by our measurements we are more often than not leaving God and the Bible out of our equation. Sometimes it has to do with how we were raised because we were taught that certain things were wrong and that we are never to do them. While some of those things may be right to avoid, our reason for avoiding them should be biblical not familial.
One of the dangers of sins of thought is that no one knows about them but us and God. We may even think that these sins don’t matter as much because no one can hold us accountable if they don’t know about them. That makes them dangerous to our spiritual life because we don’t hold ourselves accountable. We may even foster these kinds of thoughts by letting them fester. When we replay the various evil thoughts we have had we are desensitizing ourselves to sinful thought.
So how are we to deal with the thoughts that come to us when we see someone that is different than we are? We need to take the thought captive and evaluate. Is it a thought that would glorify God? If not then we need to leave that train of thought. Is it kind to the person being thought about? If not then why think that it would please God to have that thought?
We are to think truth. But that truth must be filtered through what God says is righteous. Remember, our thought life reflects our true relationship with God.
Making It Personal
When has your thought-life been evil? Why did you allow these thoughts to take root? What do you need to do to keep your thoughts in line with God and His righteousness?
Making It Personal Kids
Why do you get bad thoughts? What should you do when you have a bad thought? How can you make sure you only have good thoughts?
Father, please forgive us for allowing our thoughts to reflect our sinful nature instead of a right relationship with You. Convict us any time our thought lives start to wander from truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.