Becoming Fervent in Thought Control


by Ernest P. Bergmann

“Verse 5 of 2 Corinthians 10 captured my attention. It tells us to bring into captivity every thought. What a challenge! My first question was, HOW? How can I react quickly enough to my thoughts to preclude them from becoming words? There are many dynamic situations in which we have no time to reflect on each thought and edit the evil ones.

Clearly, withholding troublesome thoughts is one meaning of this verse, but another meaning is plausible. In a more leisurely pace, we can capture each thought in the Bible and apply it, in effect, internalizing it.

Upon further reflection both viewpoints are indeed applicable. Let us examine the text and try to capture some if its meaning. Verse 1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:”

Paul needed to awaken the Corinthians to Christ. They seemed to think Paul had two personalities; one when he spoke and one when he wrote. Apparently Paul was meek in person, but his writing was bold. Many can think more boldly…”

(This is an excerpt from the September-October 1999 edition of The Sabbath Sentinel)

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