While reading my devotion one morning, it was brought to my attention that it’s common to assume that a person’s thoughts about others does not matter when you keep those thoughts to yourself. It went on to say, that when we indulge ourselves into negative thoughts about a person, that relationship is damaged.
I sat there and pondered this profound revelation. Although, deep down it really wasn’t a revelation at all, but a reminder of what I have known all along. But sometimes we have to be reminded, even when it tends to smack us on top of the head.
We can move in and out of our lives and never give it a second thought when we harbor any ill or bad feelings towards someone else. And a lot of times those bad feelings can be targeted at our own family members.
It’s so easy to hold on to those hurt feelings, and somehow feel justly in doing so. When this happens, we’re not living the free life God has for us.
Holding onto those hurt feelings hinders our relationship with our Papa God. The enemy makes us think it’s ok to “feel” this way because he knows this drives a wedge between us and God. But God doesn’t go anywhere, we do. Thoughts that we have “justly” and “rightly” so in our mind take our feet off the grace path that our Papa God has laid out before us.
What’s wrong if we are in charge of our own thoughts and feelings anyway? What’s the harm? I try to “get-a-grip” so to speak, don’t we all? We just need to NOT think about it and NOT let it get the best of us! Right?
We begin to offer up our little “I’m sorry please forgive me” prayer, then go right back to those hurtful feelings towards that person once again.
“Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them – living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God.” Romans 8:6-8 MSG
The more I study God’s word and learn about His great love for us the more I know He has so much more for us in our daily lives!
God does not want us trapped into thinking that our thoughts about others don’t matter much. If we are trapped, then we are not free to be who God wants us to be.
A day by day handing over your mind isn’t so easy to do, but we must in order to live the spacious free life offered daily from the one who loves us more than anything!
“We demolish arguments and every pretention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV