And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27
Can a person love with their mind? Is love a willful or voluntary act? How we use our mind is a reflection of how we think and feel about God. “As a man thinketh…so is he.”
As with most issues there are two sides that are involved in using our minds. On the positive side, we can intentionally bring into our lives those uplifting and inspiring voices that make us want to follow Christ with our whole lives. We can think and dwell on those things that are lovely and of good report. In this day of ready resources we have many things within our reach to make us better equipped for a life of devotion and service to Christ.
On the negative side, there are many confusing voices in our world. Voices that tend to tear down, belittle, bring despair. And even our religious thoughts may bring questioning, doubt, and confusion. There are so many voices that fill our minds that it sometimes is difficult to fully understand and make clear judgments.
Susanna Wesley knew there would be gray areas in a person’s life where decision may be difficult to make. She admonished her son, “Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.” Susanna Wesley (Letter, June 8, 1725) As Susanna recognized, sin begins with the thought life. If we guard our minds and love the Lord with our thoughts, we can have victory through loving the Lord with our minds.