Think before think

“Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life”— Proverbs 4:23

Although we may not think about our own thoughts all that often, our verse for today says that we should be careful about what we think "Above all." That is, above everything that we should be careful about, we should be careful about what we think. We should not allow just any old thought to course its way through our minds unhindered. We should take control of our thoughts. We should be careful to only think about things we should be thinking about.

This is because sin can misdirect our thinking just as much as it can misdirect our actions. We should think about our thoughts so that we keep ourselves from sin in that area. After all, "The LORD hates evil thoughts" (Proverbs 15:26), and what Christian wants to do what the Lord hates?

More importantly, we should think about our thoughts because our thoughts control our lives. Thoughts don't always remain mere thoughts. Thoughts can have legs. Thoughts can be the precursor of what we do on the outside. If we think wrong thoughts, wrong actions may soon follow.

Today, ask the Lord to help you think about your thoughts. And ask Him to help you take control of them.

Father, You know all of my thoughts and the attitudes of my heart. May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Thank You for giving me the mind of Christ. Help me to make all my thoughts obedient to Jesus, the Word. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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