I’ve been intrigued lately by the verses of scripture that teach us that we should do and say all that we do and say in the name of Jesus Christ. For example, in Colossians 3:17 it says: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” To me this is the measuring tape by which we should determine if our actions and thoughts are righteous and pleasing to God.
I know that I’ve fallen fall short of this measurement a lot, but since I’ve discovered this it has brought a new awareness that is helping me do better. When contemplating an action I ask myself if what I am about to do could be done in the name of the Savior. The simple yes or no in answer to that question tells me if I am on the right track or not.
This is also true of my thoughts. When I find myself getting angry or worried or fearful or vexed in any way, I ask myself if that thought could be closed like a prayer and the answer is always, “No!” That helps me get my thinking back on track. But surprisingly there are many thoughts that don’t appear at first to be very negative that I find I cannot think “in the name of the Lord Jesus” like when I'm being critical or judgmental.
I’ve got a long way to go that's why I love finding new helps that will get me there.