Oftentimes we describe our misdeeds as thoughtless. But that may be the wrong word. The person who is accused of it is—in fact—thinking but generally only about himself. Even if we are acting out of habit, at some point thinking factors in to all our deeds—good or bad. We often hear the Christian admonished to guard his thought life, lest he buckle in the face of temptation. But thinking is also looked at in a positive light in the verses below. The Christian who keeps his heart and mind through Christ Jesus will exude His gracious spirit.
“For I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me” (Psalm 40:17). “We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple” (Psalm 48:9). “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). “[Love] doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5). “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory” (Ephesians 3:20–21). “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: The Lord thinks upon me.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (November 30 reading).]