Have you every changed your mind or opinion about something or someone?
All of us have made the mistake of jumping to wrong conclusions about people and situations. Wrong conclusions lead to faulty thinking. Faulty thinking leads to wrong attitudes and actions. Wrong attitudes and actions lead to bad feelings. All of this is corrected when we change our minds — when our thinking is rightly adjusted.
The Apostle Paul reminded us of this important spiritual principle. He described the changing of our minds as a key part of spiritual growth and transformation. Take a look at Paul’s instructions, inspired by the Holy Spirit:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Wrong thinking gets us in trouble. Right thinking sets us free. It helps us to be the person God wants us to be. Right thinking is necessary if we are going to be effectively used by God.
What is the right way to think, from God’s perspective?
According to Scripture, right thinking is always based in God’s love. Right thinking comes from a mind saturated with God’s grace. It views people from a perspective of God’s mercy and kindness. It comes from a mind that is filled with and controlled by the Word of God, and that demonstrates the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (See Matthew 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Galatians 5:22, 23.)
When we let God change the way we think, we allow Him to change our life!