Good thinking is good for you, and fortunately, you are just two steps away from being a better person. Research shows that the Biblical admonition to think on good and wholesome things is indeed good and wholesome for you. Unfortunately, secular research fails to direct people to the Bible for good and wholesome thoughts.
I say this is unfortunate because the nature of man is inclined to be sinful, naughty, negative, and selfish. Most recognize the value of being good, wholesome, positive and unselfish, but it is so much easier to yield to carnal impulses.
This conflict between good and evil, the proverbial devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other, is an unshakable human experience. It is unshakable because we are born this way. We are born with a sin nature and a conscience of knowing right from wrong. And everyone one of us must cope with the conflict between the two.
As we mature, the daily choices we make develop into a history of experiences that serve to chart our future choices. Choosing to yield to carnality and sin is a choice to develop poor character and a rotten disposition within. But overtime this becomes the feeling of normal, and the conflict within is minimized because the choice between the two has been made. It makes it more difficult to choose to do right.
On the other hand, consistently choosing to be good and wholesome leads to the development of character that serves you well in experiencing a happier and more satisfying life. Many people try to make the choices that they know are better for them. They teach their children to do likewise with the hope that their children will make better choices than they do. Why? Because they know that good and wholesome choices result in a better life.
The conflict between what we know and what we do results from the persistent battle between good and evil within. The self-voice within our heads that talk to us every moment of the day and narrates our dreams at night constantly nags at us and rehearses over and over again how to think about our life experiences. But this voice in your head is not a reliable moral compass.
The voice in your head needs two things that are essential to good and wholesome counsel. First, you need a nature change that only God can provide. That’s right, you need a miraculous change of heart. You need something that you do not possess in yourself. You need a new nature. This means that you need to be born all over again! You need to be born of God. This new birth is a spiritual birth. It does not change your physical body, but it does change your spirit. And a new spirit born of God is the resource your inner voice needs. With a new spirit from God, the old nature of sin is countered. The battle between good and evil does not go away, but with a new nature, good choices are easier to make.
Second, you need to feed your inner voice with a diet of good thoughts. Philippians 4:8 from the KJV Bible says it best, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Your inner voice is your thought life. And as you feed your thoughts with good and wholesome instruction and stories, you will discover that your inner voice will become good and wholesome in its narrative.
Heed the counsel of the Bible, and you will discover a better life. Good thinking is good for you.