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Q:

How can I control my bad thoughts? I get to thinking about people who've treated me unfairly, and suddenly I have all sorts of evil thoughts about ways I can get back at them, and things like that. I know it's wrong, but what can I do about it?


A:

You’ve put your finger on a very important issue—because our thoughts influence everything we do. Evil thoughts give birth to evil actions—just as good thoughts give birth to good actions. Before we do something, we must first think about doing it.

The first step is to realize that the bad thoughts you’re having are wrong—not just in your eyes, but in God’s eyes. No matter what’s happened to us, God doesn’t want us to be consumed with anger, hatred and bitterness. These hurt us far more than they hurt the other person—so why should we let them control us? Instead, turn to God and ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you, and then ask Jesus Christ to take control of your life—including your mind.

Then ask God to help you fill your mind with good things. The more your mind is filled with good thoughts, the less room there will be for evil thoughts. The Bible says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

The place to start is with God’s Word, the Bible. Make it part of your life every day, and turn your mind and heart to God in prayer when evil thoughts threaten to take over. Most of all, ask God to help you forgive those who have hurt you—just as He forgives you.

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9 Comments

  1. Melton Kent says:

    I have evil thoughts all the time. I don’t always stop and think to repent and ask God to forgive me. My thoughts could range from anger to greed to lust. I don’t know where these thoughts come from but I know I need to build more faith with God. I often have bad dreams as well and can’t seem to turn my way of thinking around.

  2. Sandie Kiker says:

    I am a born again child of God! Praise the Lord! I read the Bible and understand that being a child of God Most High doesn’t mean that my life in this world will be a ‘bed of roses’. But, I am struggling with evil people who claim to be Christians but will cheat me, use me and take advantage of me. The abuse that I have endured has gotten to the point that I have post-traumatic stress disorder. I can’t hold down a job, I am single and at times I wish I were dead. I’m trying to cling to God but life in this world is so hard!

    1. BGEA says:

      Sandie, we’re so sorry to hear of all you’re going through, and we want to encourage you. Please look for a response from us soon via email.

  3. Hannah says:

    wow am so excited to come in contact with this inspirational message that state on how we can let go off of our our evil thoughts .am a victim but I’ll want u to help me with prayer .

  4. Lakeisha says:

    Our views are different my husband feels that it’s solely by people’s choices to why they do bad things
    I believe it is a evil spirit working through them to do the bad things
    In arguments the only way I can fight is through prayer.
    I can not fight with words. I pray that my husband gets saved and see himself the way God sees him.
    I pray that he will have understanding
    That he will be the Man of God my Heavenly Father called him to be

  5. Kiarra says:

    I’m not married, but if I were, to think about that instead of bad things would it be wrong? Of course I wouldn’t picture myself being married to a particular guy or I wouldn’t give him a specific face in my head because I don’t know what man God would want me to be with. I know God said marriage is honorable, but would it be wrong to fantasize about me being married to a man and have a bunch of kids running around the house? I’ve searched it up and I’ve gotten no answer to it. That thought seems so satisfying to me. But if it’s wrong then I wouldn’t wanna think about it.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Kiarra,

      Please see the link below.

      My Answer

      God bless you!

      – BGEA staff

  6. Anita Parr says:

    l have been praying and praying for the strength to forgive without success.My parents were evil people and they hurt all of us kids, 6 in all so badly. But l want to forgive them, it just won’t come.

    1. BGEA says:

      Anita, Here are some articles from Billy Graham about forgiveness: http://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/christianity/forgiveness/