Many people get nervous when they hear the words, “theology” or, “doctrine” The truth is that the word theology is simply the, “study of God.” It is made up of two Greek words. Theology is the study of God because, “Theo” is the Greek word for God. Anytime we see, “ology or logy” at the end of a word, this means, “the study of.” We have many words that do this such as Geology, Biology, or Christology. These are complex words that are actually simple once we grasp the meaning.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary the word doctrine is, “a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true.” Both of these words have to do with believing. Everyone has their own theology. They all have their own opinion of God. This is why right believing is so important.
The Bible informs us that, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7). This scripture tells us that as a man thinks within his heart, “so is he.” What you do is wrapped up in how you think. Too many times we try to make it all about our actions. The truth is, what we believe is what we will do. It all starts with our thoughts.
How do you see yourself? It is time to see ourselves as God see us. Do you see yourself as accepted? Ephesians 1:6 tells us we are, “accepted in the Beloved.” Christ is described as the beloved and we are accepted in Christ. Do you see yourself as loved? Romans 8:31-39 explains that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Do you see yourself as forgiven? Colossians 2:13 declares that, “He forgave us all of our sins.”
Change you mind, change your life. Don’t let the words, “theology” or, “doctrine” scare you. Realize that as a man, “thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7). How you see yourself will result in how you act. It is not about will power; it is about changing your beliefs. As you start your day see yourself as accepted, loved, and forgiven.