Our thoughts will affect our feelings which, in turn, will largely determine our actions. The problem does not rest entirely on our feelings, but on our thoughts.
When we think Godís thoughts by aligning our thoughts with His words with a willing heart, our feelings would motivate us to do that which pleases God -- living a life that is worthy of our high calling in Christ Jesus. For examples: 1) We would so love the House of God that we canít wait for the next weekend service or prayer meeting; 2) We would delight ourselves in beholding the goodness and mercy of God as we pore through the Holy Bible under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; or 3) Our heart is so full of praise and thanksgiving that we would break out into a song and/or a dance.
On the other hand, when we stop thinking or think like the world thinks and allow our feelings to run amok, we can well guess where our actions are headed. Instead of looking at things from Godís perspectives, we become wise in our own eyes. Suddenly, that distance required to travel to church seem so far and inconvenient, and we begin to glance sideways at that television programme or baseball showdown. Then, there was that person who has offended us and we refuse to show mercy and we choose to ignore that we ourselves are living by the mercies of God, which are new every morning. And, in the heat of our battle with lifeís problems, challenges or trials (for our growth and development into a mature believer) we baulk at the very idea of rejoicing in the LORD.
Letís be reminded of the results of God-directed actions from Psalms 1:1~3 (NKJV):-
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Yes, we shall be planted by rivers of water Ö and whatever we do shall prosper. Our feelings must be taken captive by our thoughts which are in agreement with what God has said.
Therefore (from this time forward, following from the above), we shall guard our thoughts and consequently rein in our feelings and safeguard our actions for an awesome Christian adventure, ever learning along the way with fellow sojourners on planet Earth. We are the believers!
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