Wrong way of thinking can cause unnecessary battles
Its amazing how the way we think determines our decisions and the way we live our lives. This is why we are told in the book of Romans to renew our minds.
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The way we get transformed is by ‘renewing our mind’. We are also told in the book of Philippians what to think on.
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.
A good example of wrong thinking and the consequences can be found in 1 Chronicles
1 Chronicles 19
1Now it came to pass after this, that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead.
2And David said, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father shewed kindness to me. And David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. So the servants of David came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him.
3But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee for to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?
4Wherefore Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the midst hard by their buttocks, and sent them away.
.5Then there went certain, and told David how the men were served. And he sent to meet them: for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.
6And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syriamaachah, and out of Zobah.
7So they hired thirty and two thousand chariots, and the king of Maachah and his people; who came and pitched before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle.
8And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.
9And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array before the gate of the city: and the kings that were come were by themselves in the field.
10Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose out of all the choice of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians.
17And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel, and passed over Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him.
18But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men which fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.
This was an unnecessary battle. David sent genuine messengers to comfort Hanun (Verse 2) but the Princes wrong thinking (Verse 3) thought that David had another motive which resulted in blood shed. Of the Syrians 7000 men and 40000 footmen. What an unnecessary waste of life.
There is a principle here. Wrong thinking can very be costly. This is why the bible says in the book of 1 Corinthians 13: 4 : 4 ‘Love thinketh no evil
If these Princes had believed the best of David, 47,000 people would not have died.
We sometimes go through unnecessary battles because of wrong thinking. A friend does not return your call for a while, instead of you to believe the best, you cut off the relationship. You become funny to others because of wrong thinking and opinions about them. Some people even leave churches, house churches were the Lord had planted them due to wrong thinking and pay the price.
The bible says’ in 2 Corinthians 10: 5 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;
If we are to live healthily lives we need to discipline our thinking and bring our thoughts in alignment with the Gods ways. This will save us from quitting jobs, quitting our God ordained assignments, aborting relationships etc the list goes on.