When You Read This, What Do You Hear?

Ephesians 5:12; For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

“Don’t touch the hot stove.”

“Don’t talk bad about people.”

“Don’t do drugs.”

“Don’t drink alcohol.”

“Don’t lie to me.”

“Don’t worship other gods.”

What do all these statements all have in common? As a mother the first thing I learned was, phrasing a command this way will not get the result I want. Do you know why though? Leave off all the “Don’ts”. Now read them. What did you hear?

My husband and I have labeled it “Not-Not Thinking.” It is the understanding that my child (or anyone) is only hearing the last few words of any command or sentence. It is the belief that by telling people what they should not do, it has the opposite effect. It actually plants the new/bad idea in their brain to do it. Our brains can only process one thought at a time. In the above sentences what is the action: touch, climb, talk-bad, do, drink, lie, and worship? Those are the verbs. What is your brain processing? The action right?

Ephesians 5: 12; says it another way. It is profanity, or shameful to speak of idol worship (those things done in secret). It’s telling us not to do something but the phrasing is right. We avoid profanity by not bringing up involvement in bad things.

Ah–hemm. Question? (Beware–I’m about to shake the theological tree.) How is going over every gruesome detail of your past life outside of God or your “testimony”, and discussing the horrible negatives the devil got away with in your life, edifying God? Why is it okay to talk about?  It gives the adversary more of a foothold in your life by reminding you of all the negative?

Hey, I write fiction too and everyone likes a good story. I understand that. But this is reality not fantasy. Looking back produces nothing but a stiff neck. Negatives breed more negatives no matter the sincerity or intention of the presentation. Good conversation begets good conversation. Be bold and refreshing and speak only positives and the Word. When someone wants to hear your testimony study this verse.

Philippians 3:13; Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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