Thursday, April 30, 2009

Colossians 1:21-23 "Evil of the Mind"

Read Colossians 1:21-23.

"Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior." NIV
I'm fascinated by the phrase, "enemies in your minds." What exactly does that mean? Sin separated us from God. That's the alienation part. But what about the second part? We were enemies "in our minds" because of our evil behavior.

What does evil behavior do to our minds? Or more clearly, what do our minds do to cause us to have evil behavior? Why does a child choose to lie? Why will a teenager rebel? What happens in the mind to promote adultery?

All sin is essentially acts of selfishness. Therefore, we think of ourselves in an autonomous manner. Or better said, as our own god. The highest authority, in our minds, that we should have to answer to is our self. So if what I want to do pleases me, then in my mind, it is acceptable behavior because, as my own god, I determine what is right and what is wrong.

Now we have a huge spectrum for people to fall on. Some sin on what would be considered a "small basis." Maybe they tell a few lies or cheat a little on their taxes. Then we have the extreme of a psychopath murdering rampantly. I suppose then, the difference between the two is just how much the enemy was able to infiltrate each of their minds. The one opened a few doors while the other gave the enemy carte blanche to every area of their psyche.

So it boils down to guarding our minds from the enemy and his temptations to sin, his schemes of selfishness, and the perceived pleasures that we could experience. If we open our minds to him, we are not our own god; he is our god.

But out of God's amazing love, He gave us a way out of the abyss. Darkness does not have to win, and no matter how deep we have allowed our mind to travel into it, the light can penetrate. We can choose to turn away from the lies and allow the Father to restore our broken relationship. What grace.

Further Thoughts:
  1. Do you consciously protect your mind from the temptations and infiltration of the enemy? If not, why?
  2. How do we protect our mind? (Support with Scripture and practical steps.)
  3. Is anyone beyond the capability of evil behavior?
  4. How do we make sure we don't fall into that trap?
  5. How has your mind been reconciled to God?

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