Health begins when you choose to get rid of the bad in your life and welcome the good. The spiritual walk is a lot like that too because it’s about choosing the ways of living that honor God and not those that are against His laws, would be harmful to yourself or to others. With sin in our world until the second coming we’re forced to deal with the bad stuff in the world. While we do have some ability to choose not to sin, it’s not something we can ever fully avoid until then. We’ll be faced with death and destruction for as long as things remain as they are.
But we can make a conscious choice to choose better things rather than things that would hurt ourselves or others. As tempting or alluring as some of the bad stuff in the world is it’s really not worth the consequences that could result if you do it. Not to mention how guilty you feel or how miserable you feel after being nasty or doing something wrong. And I’ve found that after a while of making good choices the bad choices don’t look so interesting and don’t look so tempting or taste so good anymore, and how much better your life is because you’re making different choices.
One of the most important good things you can change in your life is to choose better thoughts. I’ve heard many stories of how people’s negative thoughts (including anger, bitterness, hatred and lies) have caused physical illnesses of many kinds from simple colds to cancers. Your mind is one of the most powerful tools God has given you, one that He frequently reminds us to guard because the thoughts you think are not only a reflection of your relationships and conversations, but also what influences them and may be what poisons them or causes them to thrive.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.” Ephesians 4:31-5:1