August 8th, 2013
Filter What You Watch and Listen To
It is important to filter your thoughts and your words so that what you think and what you say are in alignment with God’s word. In order to do this, we need to filter what we see, what we listen to, what we watch, who we spend time with, and what we eat and drink. We need to get rid of all of the junk and filth in our lives.
In order to live the good life God has planned for you, you need to make sure that what you watch and see does not go against anything written in the Word of God. Psalms 101:3 says, “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.” This includes TV shows and movies (or live entertainment) that contain any immoralities such as premarital sex, nudity, foul language, and all other forms of ungodly behavior God warns us to stay away from. Galatians 5:19-21 list many of the forms of fleshly sins that we are to stay away from and then if you keep reading to verses 22 and 23, you will see what fruits the Holy Spirit produces in us.
It’s not just what we watch or see that causes problems for us. What we listen to also affects our thoughts, attitudes and actions. You must not listen to sexual or foul language or anything else the Lord tells us is vulgar and not to listen to, including false teachings that people claim are in the name of God but really are not. Colossians 3:8 warns us to “get rid of all anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.” In order to get rid of these things in ourselves, we must stop listening to people and TV shows and movies and all other forms of entertainment that display any of the above forms of behavior and sexual immorality (going back to Galatians 5:19). When you look at or listen to filth or anything that goes against God’s character, it affects your behavior and you will think that because it is on TV or in the movies or because “so and so” did it that it’s okay, when the truth is it is sinful and will lead you down the road of destruction.
You must also be mindful of who you associate with. 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 says, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?” In 1 Corinthians 5:11 it says, “I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.” When you see someone you spend a lot of time with doing these sinful things, you may at first try to convince yourself that it won’t affect you and that you will be okay. After a while though, you will start doing the things they are doing that God considers to be a sin and by this point in time you will have convinced yourself that it is not really that bad. For example, if one of your friends or family members curses a lot and you spend at least a fair amount of time with them, you could find yourself cursing once in a while at first and then as much as the friend or family member does and think it is no big deal, when it is a very big deal. In Ephesians 4:29, God tells us not to use foul language. Curse words are usually uttered in anger or annoyance and it can lead you to do something worse like lash out at someone with physical violence if you let the anger build instead of letting whatever angered you go and releasing it to God. When you use vulgar language that could lead to sexual immorality and these are all sins against God that keep growing and getting worse and out of control the more time that goes by. You must be careful that all of the words that come out of your mouth are kind, loving, and helpful. That is why you must limit time spent with people who use foul or vulgar language or both. Also, depending on how close this friend or family member is to you, you may consider letting them know gently that they are sinning and guide them to the Bible and to God to help them change their ways. If they reject your gentle guidance then you have done your duty and let it be; if they follow your guidance to God and his word, then you could end up bringing another soul to Christ which would save them and lead them to eternal life.
Filtering your thoughts begins with filtering what you watch and look at, what you listen to, and who you associate with. If you need help in doing any of these things, pray in the name of Jesus for help and God will be faithful to help you. Be forewarned though that God can only help you if you sincerely want to change your ways and take the steps necessary to be able to filter your thoughts and words and to be careful of your actions.