The Privacy of our Thoughts
June 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
We occasionally read in the Word that Jehovah asks man, when yet He knows all and everything that man thinks; but this is so said because man believes that his thought is concealed from everyone because it is within him. The asking is in consequence of this appearance and the derivative belief. (AC 5800)
This is so true. We think that our thoughts, our feelings, our fantasies, our true intentions are private. No one knows what we are really thinking. So we are free to think whatever we wish.
Our thoughts, our feelings, our fantasies, our intentions, however, are not really private! The Lord knows what we are thinking, what we are feeling, what we are fantasizing about, and what we are intending. Not only does he know what we are thinking, feeling, fantasizing, and intending, but so do the angels and the spirits who are associated with us. And sometimes, even our wives know, even when we are completely unaware of our own feelings and intentions.
If we would acknowledge the real truth, that our mental life is not private, but public; maybe we would feel the need to clean up our mental life. This is the point so much of the teachings in the Heavenly Doctrine. We are to examine our mental life, our thoughts, our feelings, our fantasies, our intentions; confess the evils we find there, and shun them as sins against the Lord. Do this, and the Lord reforms and regenerates us, He saves us from our sins.