How would you explain the difference between your brain and your mind? While the two words are sometimes used interchangeably, there are some very obvious differences. Your brain is a tangible and visible part of your central nervous system. It is the control center for all the vital functions of the body. While some experts feel that our minds are located within our brains, it is obvious that they cannot be touched or studied in the same way. Within our minds are a conglomeration of thoughts, memories, emotions, ideas, and perceptions. Our human minds, unlike other living beings, have the capability of analyzing, reasoning, and solving complex logical problems. In addition, we process emotions, feelings and make choices about what we will believe and how we will respond to a very wide range of stimuli. It is in our minds that we have the qualities of imagination, creativity, and individuality. It has been wisely said that what we think is what we become.
Is it any wonder, then, that the Bible has very important and impacting information about our minds? Perhaps you can think of some of the verses in the Old Testament that refer to your mind, such as “Love the Lord with all your mind” and “God will give peace to people who keep their mind focused on Him”. The great news that the writers of the Epistles give to us is that when we belong to Jesus, we no longer have to struggle on our own to control our attitudes and our thoughts. The Holy Spirit has been given to us so that you and I can actually think and then say and do the things that please the Lord. How does it work? It’s another one of those mysteries that cannot be explained, but can certainly be experienced as we trust in Him.
Do you want to know God desires for your life? Do you want to experience the joy and the peace that Jesus offers to those who belong to Him? Perhaps the words that Paul wrote to the Romans so long ago can be an encouragement to you. “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12: 2 NLT)