I think it would be helpful to briefly explain this idea of the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: the reason being, in part, revolves around the word “law” and what is meant by it. In the Christian mind, law is often understood as the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament. So, since we have been freed from “law” through Christ, why are we spending so much time talking about…well…laws? In the class we are covering, the meaning of “law” is different than that which we commonly associate it with; it means, a statement of an order or relation of phenomena that so far as is known is invariable (i.e., consistent) under given conditions. We actually speak of this type of law when we say, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” (Newton’s third law of Motion). So, the way the term “law” is being used in our class is this; whatever our action may be, there is a natural result due to that action. I will come back to this in a moment.
The whole purpose behind going through these classes is to help encourage, and even give some structure, to our need to grow. The need for us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2nd Peter 3:18) is biblical and not absent of good reasons. Maturity (i.e., growth) helps us to “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2), keeping us from being “tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14) and equipping us “for every good work” (2nd Timothy 3:17). The neglect of this maturing process is expressed in these sobering words in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Although we may all learn at different paces, have different abilities when it comes to learning, that fact is clear from God, He wants us to seek knowledge of Him and His ways. But that is only part of the picture.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23, NIV
The NKJV uses the word diligence when it comes to guarding your heart. To drive it home even more, listen to the ETRV, “The most important thing is for you to be careful in the things you think.” NO stinking thinking! Once again, I reflect on the Law of the Mirror that talks in part about self-talk; that is, what we say to self about self and other things. Remember, by law we mean, that with every action there is a reasonable action in return. So, if you keep repeating words like “I can’t” or “I’m not able” or “I’m stupid…dumb…fat…ugly…” and the list can go on: eventually you will come to believe it and act in accordance with it. We need to guard…be careful…be diligent in protecting ourselves from this form of thinking. Ironically, this happens in part by our willingness to grow, taking God at His word.
Our hearts, which is just another way of talking about our minds, are the “wellspring of life” or as the ETRV says, “Your thoughts control your life.” Out of our thoughts “spring the issues of life” (NKJV). Remember, for every action of the mind, we set the stage for an equal and opposite reaction; that is, how we ultimately act (how we live life). Jesus spoke of this when He said, “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth [man’s] speaks.” This gives us abundant reason for not only growing in Christ; but also, protecting the mind that God has blessed us with. In so doing, we are better prepared to think in a godly manner which will result in us acting more like Christ.