What Are You Feeding Your Mind?
“And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes on Me shall never thirst. …..This is the Bread which comes down from Heaven, so that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he shall live forever. And truly the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
John 6:35, 50-51 (MKJV)
Jesus is talking about spiritually feeding from Him. Jesus said that when we do that we have everlasting life. This is obviously good spiritual food. We also know which physical foods are good for our physical body, if we wish to live a longer physical life, and which are bad. But what about our minds? Are there foods which are good or bad for our minds to feed on?
Paul tells the Galatians (5:19–23) the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; but the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control.
These things can be fed or starved by being careful with what we feed our minds. What do we choose to read, or watch on television, or do on the computer and internet? Do we enjoy the profane? Are we desensitised to bad language, ungodly storylines and attitudes in books and TV programmes? Do we stop to look at the unhealthy things we come across whilst on our emails and the internet? Paul gave good advice when he said to the Philippians (4:8): whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on these things.
Let us enjoy a good feast on these things whether via books, TV, computer or any other means.
Father, we know that what we physically eat contributes to our physical health. Please keep us aware that what we feed our minds will feed either our flesh or our spirit. And may we follow Paul’s advice to ‘feed’ on the true, the honest, the right, the pure, the lovely, that which is of good report, the virtuous and the praiseful. Thank You through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Study by Ruth Edwards