June 20, 2012

Insight Into Your Behavior

Have you ever considered why you act the way you do?
People have always attempted to embrace, defend and explain human behavior.  Health conscious individuals believe that we are what we eat.  Intellectuals promote that we are what we know. Behaviorists defend that behaviors are a result of a person's response to stimuli and discount inward experiences or cognition.

I want to suggest that our behavior is a manifestation of what we believe--we act the way we think, therefore we are what we think (Proverbs 23:7).  If our thoughts and beliefs are true we possess the ability to live in truth and reality.  However if our thoughts and beliefs are rooted in lies and deception we are likely to act in unhealthy, unholy ways.  We cannot separate what we think from how we act.
If we want to act like Jesus, we need to think like Jesus.

Our life experiences cannot be discounted as we attempt to change the way we think.  Painful life experiences often lead to lies, lies often create dysfunctional beliefs and dysfunctional beliefs promote unhealthy, unholy behaviors.  God's truth and wisdom is the answer to a person that desires to be transformed.  When we seek truth and wisdom it leads to understanding (Proverbs 23:23).

Last week our family experienced a tragedy.  My 31 year old niece Sarah was murdered. This life experience is an example of how a painful event could give opportunity for me to believe lies, harden my heart and eventually begin to relate to God and other people based on the meaning I assigned to the tragedy.  I want to act like Jesus as I process this tragedy.  I don't want the pain in my heart to affect my future in a negative manner.  Nor do I want to get stuck in the pain and allow it to define me in any way.  I need God's wisdom to process this tragedy.  I need His truth to interpret this event because I do not want my future compromised by lies. I choose to seek His wisdom for my heart.
"Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; if you find it, then there will be a future.  And your hope will not be cut off."  Proverbs 24:14

If you want to know the truth about your behavior, ask God to reveal your beliefs. We are what we think!  

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