In Western culture we often put a dividing line between thoughts and emotions. We talk of decisions made from the heart or the head. Messianic Jewish author Lois Tverberg writes, ‘In Hebrew, the heart (levav) is the centre of human thought and spiritual life. We tend to think that the heart refers mainly to our emotions, but in Hebrew it refers to one’s mind and thoughts as well’. So, when we read scriptures like Deuteronomy 6.6 – ‘These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts’ – the full meaning would be that ‘these commands are to be the basis of all your thoughts – your thinking is to be infused with the specific truth of God’s word – your thought processes are to be coloured by and based on what God says'. It is important to realise that if we are going to think well then there has to be a serious commitment to the ongoing study of the Bible. And there are no short cuts.
Our thought patterns and mindsets are constantly being remoulded as we live our lives in accordance with God's word and in the power of the Holy Spirit. To live this way affects every area of our lives and especially our minds. That’s why the study of God’s word is so important as it shapes and moulds our thinking to be increasingly like His. Remember, we are all a work in progress – ‘He Who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it’ (Philippians 1.6). We are being changed by degrees into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3.18). Our progressive development under Gods guiding hand, in line with our ongoing study of the Bible, enables us to think God’s way in an ever-increasing measure.
As the apostle Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy...
'All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.
It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right'
May 2020 begin and continue with a serious commitment to being increasingly immersed in the world and words of the Bible. You will never regret it!
Love and blessings,
Steve & Pauline - February 2020