Evil thoughts

 

 

We who are children of God must love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; for when Jesus was asked which is the first commandment of all He answered saying: “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:29-30). Therefore, our mind also must serve righteousness. For this reason you must not think evil thoughts, brothers, because God dislikes evil thoughts, as Wisdom says: “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 15:26 – NKJV).

What should you do then when you are tempted to think evil thoughts? You must bring them into captivity to the obedience of Christ, as Paul said: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

If you don’t do this, evil thoughts will spread like cancer and will lead you to act sinfully. Therefore, make every effort to keep also your mind pure by observing the following commandment of Paul: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Among the things to think about, which impart grace to the believer, I mention these: your new birth; the purpose of God according to election; your water baptism, the baptism with the Holy Spirit (whether you have received it or not); paradise, as it is described by the Word of God, and the day of your death when at last, if you stand firm in the faith till the end, you will enter this marvellous place; the judgements of God, so that you may walk in the fear of God; the way God has guided you till now; how He protected you from many dangers; how God answered your prayers when you called on Him; the story of Jesus of Nazareth, above all His death and His resurrection, but also His glorious return as it is described by the Scripture. Also think about how God all of a sudden can manifest Himself to you by giving you a dream or a vision or by sending an holy angel to you to reveal to you some secrets; the spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit for the edifying of the Church; think of doing good to all, both believers and unbelievers, whether in word or in deed; think about the love of God, His goodness, His righteousness; think about His invisible attributes which are clearly seen being understood by His works; think about all the things which are written in the Bible.

 

 

 

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