I truly believe that we should strive to attain purity in every aspect of our lives, and this includes even our thoughts. Some may say that you can’t control your thoughts. I believe that, to an extent, we absolutely CAN control our thoughts, because they are directly related to what we put into our minds.
God’s word tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:33 that Bad company corrupts good character. When we surround ourselves with “bad company” (and by this I mean a multitude of worldly things, like music, TV programs, gossips, and other forms of real company), whether we realize it or not, we are corrupted by it. I think it happens slowly, and in small doses. We become more tolerant of things that God does not want us to condone–things like bad language, adultery, fornication, provocative clothing, negativity, etc. Things we see all over the TV these days that God just doesn’t condone as being right.
I had an experience with this a few nights ago. Typically I listen to mostly Christian music, or CD’s and Playlists that I have chosen myself. However, I do have other stations programmed into my radio in my car and if Klove/Air1 has a PSA, or chit-chat, or just isn’t coming in I switch to the other stations. This had happened a few days ago and I woke up in the middle of the night with a not-so-wholesome song stuck in my head! I was so frustrated and was praying for God to take it out of my mind. He did. But, at the same time, I was hit with a conviction that I am the one who put it there. It was what I had filled my mind with.
God views our thoughts as being very important. Jesus says, “whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.'” Matthew 15:17-18. It’s not what we put into our mouths that corrupts us (specifically speaking of Jewish laws here). It’s what we put into our minds and hearts that makes us unclean, because they inevitably come out in some way or another, through our thoughts, words, and actions.
Furthermore, Jesus expresses the weight of our thoughts by sharing these words in Matthew 5:27-28, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” I think this makes it clear how important our thoughts are, and how hard we should try to only put positive, Godly things into our minds and hearts. This may mean a change of company sometimes. It may mean a change of TV programs, or a change in the music we listen to, etc. But, I know that I want to work harder to strive toward complete purity in my life, and in my thoughts.
I made this reminder for myself, using Philippians 4:8. These are the things that we should be thinking about. Not worldly, negative things, but Godly and praiseworthy things.