Fill Your Mind With The Things of God

I’m reading in an ancient teaching on discipleship. It uses a parable maybe we would be familiar with. Wine.

When you inspect your wine jars, you don’t bother to check the full ones. That wine will be OK. But the half-full ones, well, check those, because they are most likely to have gone sour.

When evil thoughts come looking for a home (they used the image of the devil, but not the medieval one), they will avoid the heart and mind of those who are filled with God. But those who have not filled their hearts and minds with God have left room for evil to enter and cause the entire mind to go sour.

And we can know this. When we meet someone, do we see evidence of the fruit of the spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Or do we see the results of sourness—cynicism, fear, negativity, anger, impatience, rebelliousness, selfishness?

One way to check on yourself is to honestly and clearly look at the sum of your posts on social media. It’s like looking into a public mirror. You can see yourself as you truly are.

But there is always time to change. Choose how to fill your mind.

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