Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Ephesians 4:23
I love the word renewed. We take something old and make it new again. Do you need a renewed heart in exchange for a broken heart? What about a renewed life? How about a renewed mind?
In the original Greek, renewed transliterates as ananeoō. This word literally means to renew in the mind. It also means to be spiritually transformed and to take on a new mind. If our lives seem broken it may be we need to change our thinking.
Renewed spirit of the mind.
Look at this quote from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words:
The “renewal” here mentioned is not that of the mind itself in its natural powers of memory, judgment and perception, but “the spirit of the mind,” which, under the controlling power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, directs its bent and energies Godward in the enjoyment of “fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ,” and of the fulfillment of the will of God.
We need to focus our mind on a different mission.
The renewed mind.
Please get your Bible and read Ephesians 4:23-32. In order to renew our mind we are told we need to put on a new man and rid ourselves of some old worn out habits such as anger, wrath, lying, and stealing. The habits are part of the old man. Then Ephesians 4:32 contains the key to a renewed mind.
The key to renewal.
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Instead of wallowing in unforgiveness of self or others for what we’ve done or what has been done to us, we must focus on kindness, tenderness and forgiveness. Think of how healthy our mind will be when we get rid of the old (sin, revenge, hurt) and focus on the new (kindness, tenderness, forgiveness).
Week 1 Journal Activities
- When we become Christians, God gives us a new spirit, but He does not give us a new mind. As we see in the above verses, we are told to renew our minds. Here is a post we wrote with many suggestions on how to do just that: Fresh Thoughts: Don’t Spiral into Toxic Thinking.
- One of the ways to renew our minds is to line up our thoughts with God’s word. Take some time to identify one toxic thought you have been struggling with and then search God’s word for His truth on the subject. Write what you find in your journal.
- Feel free to share any thoughts/insights/questions in the comments. We’d love to hear what’s on your mind.