“You are in fact raised together with Christ! Now ponder with persuasion the consequence of your co-inclusion in him. Relocate yourself mentally! Engage your thoughts with the throne room realities where you are co-seated with Christ in the executive authority of God’s right hand. Becoming affectionately acquainted with these thoughts will keep you from being distracted again by the earthly realm. Your union with his death broke the association with that world; see yourselves located in a fortress where your life is hidden with Christ in God!” Colossians 3v1-3 Apostle Paul.
It’s really interesting that our thoughts can betray us by telling us lies that we perceive as truth. It is our thoughts that tell us “that person doesn’t like me.” Or “I haven’t achieved anything in life.” Once these thoughts are allowed to become our truth, they strike at our very core and affect the world around us. The science of CBT (Cognitive behaviour therapy) tells us that a Thought leads to an Emotion that dictates our Behviour.
We have at least 80,000 thoughts a day and it would be impossible to vet each one, however we can notice how we feel and behave. When I feel angry, upset or isolated I will sit and take some time to work out what I have been thinking. I will then assess if those thoughts are true. Once I have evaluated these thoughts I will adjust them to line up with what is correct. Most of the time I will then feel a lot better or at least know what I can do about it.
Scripture gives us some valuable advice in this area: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4v8 Apostle Paul.
Have you ever been around someone who is just one big dark cloud? They seem to lack any kind of peace, always wingeing, always annoyed by someone or something and never takes pleasure in life. You find yourself feeling a sense of relief when you come away from them. I want to tell you now – most of their thoughts are deceiving them, robbing them of any joy, love and ultimately relationship.
It can be very difficult to focus on good things in such a negative world. You only have to turn on the TV to be bombarded with pain, aggression, fear and all out misery. I know people who will record every soap drama and then sit and be taken on an emotional journey of Kack! I was a big fan of the powerful drama “Broadchurch” in which a small town was devastated by a child murder. Everyone was suspect until the last episode when all was finally revealed. I couldn’t stop being moved and affected by each storyline. I would need to watch something lighthearted to calm down.
What relevance is that scripture that started this Blog?
For me as a follower of Jesus I find he give me peace when error distracts me, truth when lies invade me and direction when in need of guidance. Whether you have faith or you’re an all out atheist we can all be united when I say thinking on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable and excellent is good for your health and relationships.