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Q:

How do you get rid of thoughts that you know aren't pleasing to God? I don't want to go into detail, but I really have a problem with letting my mind wander into things that I know are wrong. I've prayed about this, but God still doesn't take them away. Does He care about our thoughts?


A:

Yes, God certainly cares about what we think, just as He cares about what we do — if not more so. In fact, some of Jesus’ strongest words were directed at people who were outwardly righteous but corrupt in their thoughts. He called them “whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean” (Matthew 23:27).

Why is God concerned about our thoughts? One reason is because behind everything we do is a thought — for good or for evil. Even if we aren’t aware of it at the time, we never act unless we’ve first thought about it. For example, if our thoughts are always selfish, our deeds will be selfish also. Jesus warned, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19).

God wants our thoughts to be pure — but how is that possible? One way to safeguard our minds is to avoid anything that fills our minds with corrupt or evil thoughts. In addition, we need to fill our minds with that which is good, through prayer and the study of God’s Word, the Bible.

Begin by committing your whole life — including your mind — to Jesus Christ. Then ask Him to teach you more and more about His love, so that Christ becomes the focus of your mind and heart every day.

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29 Comments

  1. Pearl says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve been struggling with this; nasty, nasty thoughts for months now which I know is not pleasing to the Father. I don’t want the thoughts, in fact I’m disgusted by them but I’m beginning to get scared they’ll never leave. It’s affecting my fellowship with Christ. Please pray with me.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Pearl,

      Just prayed for you. We encourage you to stay strong in God’s Word and in prayer daily–and to find Christian fellowship in a Bible-based church. God bless you!

  2. Brittany overton says:

    Please pray for my daughter who is 11 to overcome her battle with her diagnosis being cancer. I have prayed to God and believe in Him that he has already healed her. I just need to wait in His time.

    1. Josue Garcia says:

      I prayed for your beautiful daughter.

  3. Derric West says:

    Striving to be more Christ like in order to receive a better understanding of his word!

  4. D says:

    I also find it very difficult with all the sin around. It is like a person who consumed too much alcohol who says they will never ever drink again, only to repeat the cycle.

    In my head, the fantasy seems so great but when I am about to live it out, I get so disgusted. However, I keep repeating the cycle.