Sin starts in the mind

Sin Begins In the Mind — Jerry Bridges

Posted: 05 Apr 2013 06:15 AM PDT

Bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8

Sin begins in the mind. Therefore, every Christian must heed the warning of Scripture to “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23). We, above all people, must exercise caution when choosing what we watch on t.v. or the books and magazines we read. I found the quote below, by Jerry Bridges, to be very helpful:

Our minds are mental greenhouses where unlawful thoughts, once planted, are nurtured and watered before being transplanted into the real world of unlawful actions. People seldom fall suddenly into gluttony or immorality. These actions are savored in the mind long before they are enjoyed in reality. The thought life, then, is our first line of defense in the battle of self-control.

The gates to our thought lives are primarily our eyes and our ears. What we see or read or hear largely determines what we think. Memory, of course, also plays a big part in what we think, but our memories only store and feed back what originally comes into our minds through our eyes and ears. Guarding our hearts begins with guarding our eyes and ears. We must not allow that which panders to sexual lust, greed (called materialism in our present society), envy, and selfish ambition to enter our minds. We should avoid television programs, magazine or newspaper articles, advertisements, and conversations that arouse such thoughts. We should not only avoid them, but, to use Paul’s words to Timothy, “flee from all this.”. . .Instead of fleeing from temptations, we too often indulge them in our thoughts.

taken from: Jerry Bridges, The Practice of Godliness (Colorado Springs, Co.: NavPress, 2009)

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