We were created with the ability to think.
At times, our thoughts are fantastic. We can think of uniquely personal ways to make a loved one smile. Give a blank canvas to an artist and they can think of numerous ways to fill it. The fashion-forward trendsetter can think of multiple wardrobe combinations from ten basic clothing items. People who have been hurt can think of many ways to say things with positivity and kindness. Some of today’s most used items were born from a thought: the car, the airplane, the smartphone phone, the computer.
Then there are times when our thoughts are dangerous. After a shaky first impression, we may proceed to think wrongly about someone. We’re tempted to think that our sins are exempt from a list of forgivable offenses. This keeps us on the fringes of a spiritual relationship with God where we avoid intimacy with Him. We may think that our salvation happens because we model Christian behaviors without accepting Christ as our Savior. We might think that being well-versed in scripture and knowing about God is like knowing God personally.
As created beings, we don’t know everything, which is reflected in how we think. Our thoughts are based on our perspectives; how we might be directly or indirectly affected. Our thinking capacity is limited. We think based on what we perceive to be possible.
But God specializes in doing things that exceed our perspective, to show His love for us. “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NLT).
We need to trust God, especially with our thinking. We need to believe God’s truth and be rooted in His Word where He shares His heavenly hopes and aspirations for us.
Let’s think well of others so that they can confidently believe God loves them.
Written by Sabrina Jacques-Rowe
Henderson Highway Church