A thought and a question… 9/14/2017

I have been trying this year to get my thought life in order. Yet no matter how hard I try sometime during a day I have entertained some negative thought. Too often more than one is entertained. Then I vent over my frustrations and aggravations. So here I am thinking on the negative and being negative. This is not good at all. Scripture tells me that I am to take every thought captive. It does not say to entertain every thought. (2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,) So what should I keep my thoughts focused on? Scripture answers this question as well.  (Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.)

Step one – Take every thought captive and submit it to Christ.

Step two – Choose to think about what is pure and true, and what ever glorifies Jesus.

Sounds easy doesn’t it? Yet we all know this is not an easy task. It is actually a battle we must wage everyday and keep ourselves in check.

Now while all of these thoughts rolled around my little head I thought of this – If I am to keep my thoughts in check, should this not include my conversations? Thinking upon this question I wondered when was the last time I had a conversation with anyone that did not include complaining, judgment (myself or the other party in the conversation), whining or anything that was negative. To be honest I cannot think of any conversation other than with the cashier at the grocery store. So I wondered would it be possible to have only positive conversations ( this includes both people talking)? I wonder if it would be possible for me to not only speak positively but only entertain positive conversations for even a day, and if I could do this could I make it three days? I laughed and thought I would have to not speak at all. This however is not something that is actually funny. So I am challenging myself to see if I can make it three days only speaking to others in a positive and life giving manner. God help me! Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Question: Could you for three days have only positive conversations?

17 thoughts on “A thought and a question… 9/14/2017

  1. Julie, this is a worthy goal and God’s Word teaches us to be self-controlled and to be filled with the Spirit, so we must ask God for grace for these things, to control our thought life and conversations. But sanctification is lifelong.

    For everyday wisdom about our words, Proverbs helps, for example, this verse about talking less to keep from sinning.

    Proverbs 10:19
    NKJV In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

    We may fail the three-day challenge but the Lord will work in us over time, to will and work His good pleasure!

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  2. This is a really good question and challenge. I wonder how long it will take for negative thinking to creep into my day. Just like all sin, it has a way of weaseling into our every day. We are all sinners and need Jesus. He is the only answer to our sin sickness.

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  3. Good challenge, and difficult Julie. I bet I could weed the negative in my life insofar as saying negative things about people for three days, but I would really have to put an effort. Work might be a challenge, as so much of work is correcting what is not right, but maybe that could even be done in a more positive way. Thanks for this, Julie

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