‘So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.’ Ephesians 4.17
In this verse, Paul talks about living in the futility of our thinking. The context of this passage is that of immorality. We may be able to convince ourselves that a certain action or way of thinking is fine, but if it does not align to the truth revealed in the Bible, we run the risk of following the futility of our thinking as opposed to the revelation that God brings.
This is not just true within the context of immorality, it is also true in the way that we think about ourselves. The Bible reveals the awesome truth of the love of God – that he loves each one of us personally and intimately. Our thinking can often contradict that revelation. We may think that we are unloved and unlovable, and find ourselves dwelling on that and allowing it to take root in our hearts instead. This is the futility of our thinking, and it is at odds with what the Bible reveals. It comes down to a simple choice: which path are we going to follow and where are we going to allow our minds to take us?
You may think you are being humble in wondering if God could ever love you; Paul would probably call this futile thinking! Take a moment to bring your thinking into line with his. You are deeply loved by God who gave Jesus for you, and his presence will never leave you.
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