What would happen if everyone could see all your thoughts on a big screen?
Proverbs 12:5. The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Did you know that you have a “thought life?” All of us do. We all have certain things that we think about. Thoughts that we run back to over and over. In fact, we are all constantly thinking about something aren’t we?
Solomon is contrasting two kinds of people and their thoughts. The righteous have good and just (fair) thoughts. The wicked have thoughts that are deceitful (lies). The righteous person is thinking about how they can do what God honors. The wicked person is planning how to get away with trouble. The righteous person thinks about how to help others, the wicked person thinks about how to help themselves.
The truth is that we have both kinds of thoughts don’t we? Sometimes we think good things and sometimes we think bad things. There’s only been one person who always thought about what was good, and just, and fair. Jesus. All the rest of us have been wicked at times and have tried to be deceitful and get what we want.
But when we are connected to Jesus by faith, when we trust in him and his saving work for us on the cross we are moved from the wicked column to the righteous column by grace. Now we can we can have “the mind of Christ.” We can think like Jesus:
Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Because of Jesus we are moved from wicked to righteous by his grace.
With Jesus we can think about good things like he does.
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Imagine if your thoughts were a movie. What would that movie be called? Would you want people to watch it?
Jesus, help me to remember that you have made me righteous, and help me to think like you. Amen.