I stumbled across this passage by Joyce Meyer over the weekend:
You are bound by your words and by your declaration. You are also judged by them. That is why it is so important to place a guard on your lips so that what issues forth from them is not only truthful, but also kind, positive, edifying, and in line with the will of God.
You can change your actions and behavior but in order to do so you must first change your thoughts and words. (emphasis mine)
It reminded me of my eating disorder treatment program at the University of Minnesota. We learned that our thoughts impacted our behavior and our thinking could either improve or worsen our symptoms. This meant taking a good, hard look at WHAT we were thinking at all times and reshaping those thoughts => breaking habitual, destructive thoughts (i.e. lies) and replacing them with truth.
What is true? Common definitions include: real, genuine, authentic, sincere, not deceitful, exact, precise, accurate, reliable, and unfailing. Joyce Meyer hits the nail on the head when she says that our words must not only be truthful but kind, edifying, and in line with the will of God.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable – if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy – think about
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
And scripture clearly shows that the words we speak to ourselves are just as important as those spoken with our lips. I can attest to this personally! Since taking charge of my thoughts more than 20 years ago, I have been free. Free from my eating disorder. Free from depression. Free from stinking thinking.
I have written about this many times before, even created a faithbooking lesson on the topic. (Click HERE for the faithbooking lesson, click HERE for a detailed post about my eating disorder treatment.)
You can click on the above links for helpful resources or HERE for another recommended book on the topic.
There is hope no matter what it is you are struggling with right now. There is hope no matter how big the mess. THERE IS HOPE!