As A Man Thinketh...
"For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. As one who
reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not
with you (but is grudging the cost)." Prov. 23:7 (Amplified)
The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom written by
Solomon, the wisest fool who ever lived. In this verse, he is
saying that if our hearts aren't true, our thoughts and actions
will follow suit. This would describe the actions of a hypocrit.
When we hear this word, we all tend to shrink away and say,
"Not me, no sir, I'm no hypocrit!" What exactly is a hypocrit?
Well, Jesus first used this word to describe the actors who
hid behind masks. They would show one thing on the
outside, but were hiding something else underneath. In
other words, they could not be trusted. It was all an act. Do
you know anyone like that?
We play church because we are told to keep things to
ourselves, heaven forbid if you let your guard down. We will
compliment others or act like we have concern for them, but
in reality we carry other deep seeded emotions that just
couldn't care less. Or we will lead others to believe that we
are doing just fine, when in reality we are slowly dying
inside. But, who are we benefiting when we behave this
way? It's certainly not ourselves, and certainly not others.
This will eventually lead to great pain, for us and for
We call ourselves Christians and still we do these things.
Part of why we aren't honest with ourselves and others is
because we just know it will end up in a conversation down
the road. People take joy in our strife. And if we hear of
anything, we will discuss it with others and always have a
quick word of advice for that person, but unfortuneately it's
not to their face. We think nothing of talking about them
behind their backs.
Why is this is so terrible you might ask. As long as no one
gets hurt right? Even though it might not be intended to hurt,
it will do just that when it gets back to the person of interest.
They will automatically take on an attitude of defense or
offense. No one wants to be talked about. This form of
conversation just doesn't accomplish anything good.
This is exactly why Paul says that unless we strip ourselves
of our former nature, which characterizes a life of corruption
through lusts and desires, we will only be kidding
ourselves. (Eph. 4:22). He goes on to say this falsity
must be rejected and done away with. If we express
anything at all, let it solely be the truth. Since we are of one
body of Christ, we have to be honest. (Eph. 4:25).
How is this possible? We are only human and we make
mistakes. Yes, and that is why we strip ourselves of this
sinful nature in the first place. Paul tells us how this is
possible when he tells us to "constantly" be renewed in the
spirit of our minds. What we think on, we will eventually
become remember? So, as a newly regenerated person
created in Christ's image, we must reflect His true
righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:24). Our thoughts
determine our actions and our actions determine who we
truly are in Christ and Christ in us. We can't play pretend
when it comes to this kind of behavior.
You've heard the phrase, "Actions speak louder than words".
What if these actions were meant to cause harm? Or what if
these actions were a blessing to someone? Which person
would you trust?
God's first commandment under the new law order of Christ
was and still is to love God with all your heart, all your soul,
all your body and with all your mind. You can't love God if you
are thinking of negative thoughts. The second
commandment is like it, which is to love your neighbor as
Unless you can truly think on positive thoughts and how you
can truly serve others, you can't please God. God sees the
heart, so you can put on the biggest brightest smile and fool
everyone else, you won't fool God. He knows your motives.
As long as there are thoughts of resentment, unforgiveness,
hatred, offense, and regret in your heart, your mind will
convince you that this behavior is normal. You will become
what your heart thinks. It will end up making a bitter,
shriveled up person who won't be able to see the positive
side to anything.
Sin stems from these negative thoughts and when they are
expressed into words, people will get hurt. Is there a way to
fight this? Yes, of course there is. First of all, think before
you act. What should you think about?
Again, Paul says, "Whatever is true, whatever is worthy of
reverence, and whatever is honorable and seemly, whatever
is just , whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable,
whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any
virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
think on, and weigh and take account of these things (fix
your mind on them)". Phil. 4:8 (Amplified)
It takes practice on our part. The flesh is naturally wicked,
but as we continue to walk with Christ, we get stronger as
He takes us glory to glory. Through prayer and daily reading
of God's word, we will achieve this behavior and won't have
to think twice about it. We can be sincere when we are
concerned for someone's welfare. We can be told things in
confidence and never think of repeating it. We will
automatically take it to God in prayer.
Let your conscience be your guide. A conscience is a
trustworthy compass when God's Word is your true north.
Vivian Gordon is a prayer intercessor and writer. She is
inspired by the Holy Spirit to encourage others in a stronger
walk with Christ.