“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV). “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” except, that is, when truth is involved! Personal preference is not the same as truth. Favorite colors, hair styles, school majors, football teams, or cars may vary, because there is not the same one for everybody! But no one is entitled to the “opinion” that stealing can be right! “Stealing” something that belongs to someone else without their permission is wrong. “Thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19 NKJV). Our opinion about it does not change the fact of the theft or the wrongness of it. Our opinion must never be confused with “truth.” The words “what I think” must not override “what God says!”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Our text about thoughtfulness today is found in Amos 6:1-6. Being thoughtful about what God wants us to do includes being thoughtful about priorities.
In our text God pronounces woe on those who act blissfully ignorant of the awful spiritual conditions of their own people. They were not asking themselves if God was happy with them. They were not examining themselves in regard to keeping the law of God.
They “put far away the evil day.” That is, they were willingly thoughtless about the spiritual tragedy around them. They acted as if everything was fine and that there would never be a day of consequences for their selfishness. They lived lives of self-indulgence and not lives of service to God. They lived for pleasure with their thoughts being about themselves and trivial matters rather than the spiritual.
You might ask, what did God expect them to do? What can one or two persons do if the majority does not care? How can we change a nation, a church, our extended family or friends? Continue reading
When I think of responsibility, I immediately think of our responsibility to lost souls: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/10/01/why-should-we-seek-the-lost/
“Go ye” means “Go me” (Matthew 28:19; cf. Isaiah 6:8).
Usually when my wife and I get in a heated argument, I’ve found that the best way to deal with anger is to just simply get out of the house and go walking. Not only does it cool the fires of anger between me and my wife, it also allows both of us to think rationally about the situation, instead of using our emotions.
Additionally, walking allows me the time to not only “think” about the situation, but to also take it to the Lord in prayer, relying on His wisdom and understanding, in order to arrive at a solution to the problem.
Article on resolving problems: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/05/22/resolving-problems-in-human-relationships/
The last congregation that I visited was the Northside congregation here in El Paso. I was impressed with the young man (30+ years) who conducted the adult Bible class on Proverbs chapter 1. He was very knowledgeable of his subject matter and asked the class some penetrating questions that caused us to actually think. It was a refreshing class to say the least.
Every man, at the bottom of his heart, wants to do right. But only he can do right who knows right; only he knows right who thinks right; only he thinks right who believes right.
My favorite proverb? Proverbs 3:5-6-NKJV:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Why? Because our own understanding is not sufficient for successfully living in a sinful environment [earth]. In and of ourselves, we are not capable of directing our own steps (Jeremiah 10:23), therefore, we must align our thinking with God’s thinking (Isaiah 1:18) in order to successfully navigate this life and its many pitfalls.
Few men think, yet all will have opinions.
George Berkeley, Irish bishop and empirical philosopher (1685-1753)
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910)
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)