As You Think

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Proverbs 23: 7, ‘For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee’.

Unlike what most of us are used to, this verse does not give us licence to think one thing and do another. First let’s look at it from the angle of sin. A lot of the time, we really do not intend to sin but we find ourselves doing what we don’t want to do as Apostle Paul said in Romans 7: 15, ‘I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate’. For genuine Christians, this should be a constant struggle. The mistake we however make is trying to fight this battle by ourselves. Accept God’s help today.

That’s why the Bible in 1 John 3: 9 says, ‘whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God’. Not because we do not commit the actual act of sin, but because the heart to sin has been removed from us. So there is no foundation for the sin to latch unto. This is why we can receive mercy when we come with genuine repentance.

On the other hand, looking at our relationship with people, a lot of us don’t mean what we say to people. We say one thing but if they could see our hearts they will never come near us again. As a Christian this isn’t exactly Christian behaviour. Our yes should be yes and no. Don’t be double minded. If you don’t like someone or something, if you can’t openly say it out to the person, just keep away because the more you continue to say something different from what you have on the inside, you’re deceiving no one other than yourself.

It’s not as a man sayeth, but as he thinketh. What are you thinking?

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