This morning as I was reading an article about “universal love”, the author quoted his friend as saying “Every time we stop an angry thought, we stop a bullet somewhere in the world.” Isn’t that thought-provoking? Each day I pray about the violence in the world and when I think on those words, I certainly see how I can help! My prayer today is to become more aware of my thoughts and actions and more responsible, as well. Will watch for any negativity and immediately refute it and replace it with thoughts of love and gratitude. ! Timothy 2:8 states “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
My first call of the day was of someone telling me that he didn’t have a restful night and I thought of mine, which was very restful and peaceful and became grateful rather than take it for granted. There is always so much for which to be grateful and that very state of mind leaves no room for anger. Thank you, Father.
Today as I work about fasting, not from certain foods and amounts, but of thoughts I entertain. My prayer is asking for guidance, discernment and wisdom as I remove any and all discordant thoughts to be replaced by loving ones. The more I am aware, the easier it becomes to recognize anger, bitterness, envy , no matter how subtle it is. When my thinking is pure, my entire life seems to fall into place and I give gratitude for this!
Jeremiah 29:11 states ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not t harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” This can only be seen when my thinking is cleared of darkness; and instead, is filled with Love.
Recently I read from a Bible commentary “Ancient philosophers drew connections between sound thinking and peace.” This just reinforced how important my thinking is to me! If it is filled with anger, bitterness, and anxiety; that is certainly not conducive to health and well-being. It is said in Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” Isn’t that referring to Love and Truth?
Negative thought should be cast out as soon as it is recognized and replaced with Truth and Love. That is my plan for today.
I John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love.” So many times it has felt like I should not be afraid, that it is something I need to do. Of course, I realize that fear is the basis of all anger, negative feelings, disease and pain of any kind. That verse is not telling us that there should be no fear in Love, but there is NO fear in Love. God is Love and can know no fear. “Be not afraid” and “Fear not” are all through the Bible. Would God expect His child to do something so difficult?
The Truth is God knows no fear, so how can we? We handle this with the knowledge that we are talking about God here, never, ever human love.
This morning as I was praying with the Beatitudes which Jesus gave us in the Sermon on the Mount, I was drawn to Matthew 5:5, where it reads “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Thinking on the word “meek” meaning non-aggressive while it is the opposite of anger, self-righteousness and the need to aggressively control. For many years I was in sales and was very good in the field thinking that “aggression” certainly was necessary in my endeavors; otherwise, I would be left behind.
After maturing spiritually, I realize I cannot hear God while I am trying to control and find it so freeing to listen and obey God! I sometimes cringe when I think about the past but quickly realize I needed to learn the lessons I did. They soon became blessings as I prayed to understand.
When Nebuchadnezzar had Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to worship his idols, they were protected and unharmed. Due to their state of thought and their faith and trust in God, nothing could hurt them. Daniel 3:27 reads, “And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.”
That is just as true today. When our thoughts are filled with love and trust in God, we feel no fear, but if our thoughts are filled with anger, hate and bitterness, Good is blocked out and we suffer. As we grow spiritually and have challenges, we walk through fiery furnaces without even the smell of fire. My prayer is to recognize God’s arms around me.
Recently read an article about a man watching a television program about government policies and positions of elected officials. He reported how he had been pulled in with anger and became angrier and angrier until he realized what he had been doing. We can always choose Love over anger.
I John 4:8 reads, “The one who does not know Love does not know God, for God is Love.” I notice this does not say “from time to time” or “sometime”. This is not just good advice but it is Truth. It is up to us on taking in “negativity”!