“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
“..give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools suffers harm.
Our brains are wired to be efficient:
Neurotransmitters are designed to work well and fast.
I recently read the article How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity. Science demonstrates that being negative breeds more negativity. It’s how our brains work. The gist: Our brains are wired to be efficient. Neurotransmitters are designed to work well and fast. The author describes how brains will build permanent bridges for frequent processes in order to be more efficient. Many of us like to be negative (once per minute of conversation supposedly), and the sad thing is, our brains will aim to be efficient in this negativity if we let it take over. Unfortunately, it’s actually physically harmful to one’s health, to be negative. I read years ago that cortisol, a stress hormone that affects joints in a bad way, is released when one nurses a grudge. Bitterness really is a prison cell.
The article immediately encouraged me. To have research back up this idea is great, to have some science explain it is great too. I think of science and medicine as tools people use for discovering God’s hidden truths. After all “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings”. Proverbs 25:2. As a Christian I immediately saw in this article encouraging connections to what scripture has already said.
But (they) were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1 Corinthians 15:33
The article also includes tips on ridding our thoughts of these negative patterns, namely by seeking clear solutions to issue, by ending conversations well. Again, as a christian, our lives should manifest divine inspiration: Love, gratitude, eternal perspective, and the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
The idea of “thinking positively” has become a real cliché, but truth is we have the ability to make choices in life. We have free will and ultimately we each decide which path to take. As Christians we are to be thinking “Christianly”: Crucify the thoughts of the flesh, yield to the thoughts of Christ.
Take away: I want to consciously walk in God’s will for my life.