I have been reading a variety of resources on thinking positively and monitoring our thoughts during the past few weeks. Much of the reading has highlighted how we can have control over what we think about. This is an important habit to develop as it can be easy to let negative thoughts have a significant impact on us.
In the Bible we are reminded of this in Philippians 4:8: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”
At a meeting I attended last week, one presenter made reference to the work of Dr Caroline Leaf who is a Christian cognitive neuroscientist. Dr Leaf has researched the human brain and has written about ‘Toxic Thoughts’. On her website, she writes, “75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally.”
We know that our negative thoughts can have a detrimental impact on our body. Likewise, thinking good thoughts can have a positive effect. Our mind can be a powerful spring of positive energy. Romans 12:2 calls us to give our mind and thoughts over to God. We are encouraged to develop the habit of thinking good, positive thoughts and not to dwell on the negative.
Romans 12:2 (NIV) says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
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