How many of us have heard the warning – play with fire and you will get burned? This morning, our reading from the book of James reminds us that the tongue is a fire – and it can consume us. On the one hand, fire brings warmth, safety, clean drinking water and cooked food. But…
I recently discovered some of the works and thoughts of the Russian writer, novelist and philosohper Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He was an Orthodox Christian with a deep faith, a faith which had “a strong emphasis on giving Christian love a social application”. But what I really have treasured have been two quotes that I have found in…
When you say “I’m going to trust God and I’m not going to worry about ‘this'”, guess what your mind thinks about? Usually not about trusting God: in fact, it starts worrying about ‘THIS’! It’s especially the same thing when you are upset about something that someone else said or did, you mind just plays it over, time and time again. You try to focus on something else, and it the anger or frustration or hurt bubbles back up to the surface and you replay once again the whole scenario!
“Well, I’m just not going to think about that right now!”
How’s that workin’ for you?
The mind can be so fickle – it has to be trained to focus!
Is you mind set on Christ and God within? Have you set your mind on the Spirit, which is life and peace?
Our challenge, as Christians, is to have the discipline to set our minds on “things of the Spirit”, as expressed in Romans 8.