Think about These Things shows how the mind affects the soul, and that there is such a thing as sinful thoughts—which are just as offensive to God as sinful actions. Our minds are where we meet the likeness of God within us from creation, and because of this, our minds are important. Author and pastor Tom Kingery explains how we can safeguard our minds and souls from sinfulness, instead relishing in heavenly thoughts produced by faith. Then we can apply our minds to what is true, to what is honorable, to what is just, to what is pure, to what is pleasing, and to what is gracious.
How important to you are your thoughts about God, about Christ, about the kingdom of heaven? What are the things you think about most? How do your thoughts affect you? How does what you think affect your behavior? How does what you think about others affect your attitudes toward them? While it’s not entirely true that we are what we think, our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others, and with the world are based on our thoughts. As the proverb says, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he”
(Proverbs 23:7 KJV).
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About the Author
Tom Kingery is a United Methodist pastor, and he retired in 2017 in order to be a full-time caregiver for his wife, Carol, who has battled multiple sclerosis since 1988; they have two adult children, Tim and Emily, and two grandchildren. After thirty-six years of ministry in northern Illinois, Tom has felt inspired to impress upon as many people as possible the need for ongoing growth in the faith. Think about These Things is his way to help Christians grow beyond a routine of belief and live the words in Philippians 4:8—to take a few steps further, bringing the depth and peace believers should want.