Take every thought captive BEFORE you act or speak is great advice and something I wished I would have lived by in my younger years. I might have saved myself and others some awkward and at times painful moments.
Ever wish you thought before opening your mouth?
Have you ever experienced moments like that when you wished you would have analyzed the thought before it left your mouth? I know I have.
I was looking through old photographs the other day and I came across some old cards mixed in with those photos. Oh, the memories that came rushing back to my mind, like falling rain rushing down the mountainside.
And I thought to myself, “if only….”
We all have those moments of regret where we wish we would have said or done things differently. We’ve all wished at one time or another we would have kept those painful thoughts and words in our mouths, rinsed them out with mouthwash and never let them escape to the ears of others.
We all wish we would have waited 5 minutes, an hour, or maybe a few days before we lunged at our target with words that cut like a knife or took the knees out from under another.
We’ve all been on the receiving end
And I think we have all been on the receiving end of those words from others who also failed to take their thoughts captive as well. We read about in social media. Many watch it on television. You might even cringe when we see it happen and we feel bad for those who knew they just made a huge mistake, but can’t take it back.
A thought is a thought until…
I remember the day my counselor gave me some very useful advice on thoughts.
She said something like this, “We think a thousand thoughts a day. The moment our eyes open in the morning, thoughts begin to flood our minds. It’s what we do with those thoughts that matters. The question becomes – will you act on that thought? Will you speak that thought? Are you going to massage it, fantasize about it, or nurture a particular thought? Will that thought lead you to sin?
What do you do with all the thoughts you think in a day and how relevant are they?
Will you nurture those thoughts that lead to sin or replace them with thoughts that lead to good things, acts of kindness and love?
2 Corinthians 10:5, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
So, what do we do with our thoughts?
Take every thought captive BEFORE you speak it or act on it. It could make all the difference.
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