God cares about what goes on in our heads because He made us, He loves us, and He wants what is best for us. God is intimately concerned with the life of the mind, and Scripture makes clear throughout the centuries how God has cared for how His people think and otherwise use their brains. Let’s see what the Bible says about the mind.
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts
or given understanding to the mind?
Prove me, O LORD, and try me;
test my heart and my mind.
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding.
A fool despises his father’s instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
The heart of man plans his way,
but the LORD establishes his steps.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover good.
The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
For in much wisdom is much vexation,
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
I the LORD search the heart
and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.
Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme
Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?”
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:16
‘For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 14:14–15
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
2 Corinthians 5:13
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
2 Corinthians 10:3–6
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
But that is not the way you learned Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
by Kathy Koch
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