As I was looking at the news this morning, my heart was heavy as I heard about: rapes, conspiracies to murder, murders, robberies, and adultery. These are the travesties that only we, as human beings, can control. How can we control them? We must change how we think!
Paul admonished the church at Philippi to “think on those things that will bring honor and glory to God” (paraphrased summary). Okay, let me break it down this way. “Whatever is true, right, pure, lovely, noble, admirable and praiseworthy, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8)
If every human being on the planet would simply change their thoughts, change how they view other people, change their perceptions of living in harmony and peace, change how they think about what is right in God’s eyes, and change their view of God’s Word (endeavoring to use it as a model for living in peace), what a wonderful world this would be. We must remember we cannot change what we do until we change how we think!
God cannot bless “stinking thinking” and I’m sure there are many whose thoughts are perverted since I see the results on the news. Can we change the outcome and not see so much human carnage? We can pray that God will cause situations to occur in the lives of people to make them “think” differently, think more like Him, and to always consider the consequences of their actions. Will God make them change? No, the change must occur when the individuals want it. That is why I said, pray that God will create a situation for people to see the need to change the way they think.
Why do I care about what people are thinking? I care because there are people out there in the world that I love. I would hate to hear about a tragedy occurring to them simply because someone did not know how to think. I care because I am instructed to love and in that instruction, I must pray for everyone to align their thinking with God’s. I care because I’m tired of hearing about murders, rapes, robbery, adulterous affairs, sexual perversion, and all things ungodly. I care about humanity. I pray that everyone who knows God, cares as much as I do. We are all in this world together. Life won’t change until we change how we think–especially as it pertains to others and our love for them.
Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to care enough to want to see people change–their way of thinking, their lifestyles, and their attitudes towards others. Speak to our hearts and point us in the right direction for change. Create in us–thoughts of love, purity, and all those things worthy of praise, not destruction. Help us O God to guard our thoughts from the influence of the enemy who wants to destroy mankind. Help us to love another and want Your best in the lives of all who trust You. In Jesus’ name we pray and thank You, Amen!