12/1/2015 Brief Thoughts: Thoughts v. Emotions

 “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking. In evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.”        (1 Cor 14:20-21)

 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what the will of God is: that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom 12:2)

Jesus does not care what our emotions lead us to feel about what we see. He cares about how our minds perceive what we see. Emotions can mislead us and feelings can deceive us, because they are ours and are oft times spiritually un-discerning. Before all that stimulus surrounding us makes it to our hearts where it can be erroneously accepted, it is filtered through our minds where it must be properly discerned. Our conscious mind that considers all things from an objective viewpoint, stands as the gatekeeper over our subconscious mind that just accepts whatever has been filtered through to it. From there the input goes to our hearts, and becomes what we feel.

As with all things, this can be both blessing and curse. The conscious mind that is renewed, transformed, and mature in Christ, so perception aligns itself with truth, processes information to allow for both the sharpened steel of discernment and the mercy and tenderness of love. It allows us to be “as shrewd as serpents yet as innocent as doves.” The immature, un-transformed conscious mind allows all manners of conflicting thoughts and perceptions to sway the emotions in to believing distortions and lies. The disciple of Christ walks a fine line between being discerning and wise, yet not allowing that to keep him from the tender mercies love demands. This all takes wisdom, and wisdom has been defined as the mind and the heart functioning in a unity that glorifies God.

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