“What will you do the next time you find yourself being suspicious, exaggerating, guessing, or making assumptions about someone’s behavior?”
This morning brought cold temperatures and a member of the Wednesday morning Bible Study couldn’t make it because her furnace stopped working! As I was preparing to fill her in on some scriptures and thoughts she missed, I decided that I would write a blog about it and share it with all. We are working very slowly through the book Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George. We are working through it very slowly because it is so full of information. (I have an extra copy if you’d like to borrow it!)
Playing Mind Games – Do you regularly entertain any of these thoughts about other people? “I don’t think he/she means what he/she said.” “I wonder what I’ve done wrong.” “I wonder what he/she thinks about me.” “I wonder what he/she wants from me.” Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
What truths in these verses could help you with your nagging thoughts about what other people are thinking?
Read Phil 4:8 – How will asking yourself “What is true?” help you to stop second-guessing your relationships?
Read Matthew 18:15 – How can obedience to this command assist you in your relationships?
What is a similar command in James 4:17?
If no one comes to you with a personal issue, what can you assume?
How does remembering the wisdom of Proverbs 28:1 help you proceed in your relationships?
Now, it’s time to apply God’s principles to your thoughts! Consider what you’ve learned from Philippians 4:8 and what the guidelines “true” and “real” offer for your thoughts. What can you do, and what can God do to keep you from torturing yourself with unfounded (& therefore, probably inaccurate) thought about what other people are thinking and feeling?
What will you do the next time you find yourself being suspicious, exaggerating, guessing, or making assumptions about someone’s behavior?
How would your relationships improve if you accepted people’s words at face value? Can you think of one specific instance where this would have helped?
Of course, we had a lot of discussion with these questions. We will discuss the following next time!
Read Hebrews 4:12.
How is the Word of God described? What is God’s Word able to do? How does the Bible help you in your thought process? What must you do to tap into this power?
I always look forward to our time together. If you are online and want to comment, feel free! And, if you are local….give me a call, I can loan you my book!