We are surrounded by an onslaught of information every day. If we aren’t careful, we will find ourselves reacting to what we hear rather than thoughtfully weighing out the information and acting wisely. Below are the passages we looked at in this week’s message and some questions for personal application:
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
How much of my thinking is shaped by personalities I like or don’t like?
Do I see evidence in my life of my thoughts being “transformed” (changed) since I accepted Christ?
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
James 1:19-21 (NLT)
A strong, working knowledge of what the Bible teaches is essential for a growing faith.
How often do I read the Bible?
Do I have a plan for my reading? Why or why not?
Do I deliberately filter the information I get through what I know from the Bible?
The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.
Proverbs 18:17 (NLT)
Do I reserve judgment until I hear all sides or do I immediately react to new information I hear?
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7:12 (NLT)
Is the way I respond to negative information I hear about others, the way I would want to be treated myself?