Can you imagine if everyone could read your thoughts? You know, like those funny little thought bubbles you see in cartoons - what if one of those always floated above your head, broadcasting your thoughts for all to see?
Disturbing? I agree.
I was talking about this with a good friend a few weeks ago, and it's been rolling around in my mind ever since. Of course, we all know that what we think is just as bad as what we say, we all know that God reads our thoughts, and we're all very careful not to say more than half of what we think.
Why is it that it's so easy for me to keep my mouth shut, but so hard to take my thoughts captive?
Girls, I think it's especially hard for us. We, or at least I, have a tendency to fantasize. Everything. We easily function based on our emotions - rational or not. One little thought can send us spinning off into...well, that's just not stuff you say.
And it's not stuff you should think.
This can range anywhere from a romantic-type fantasy all the way to getting in an argument and holding your tongue, but thinking oh-so-terrible things about the other person.
Two verses that really hit me about this.....
1 Chronicles 28:9 "for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts..."
Romans 2:16 "....God judges the secrets of men according to Jesus Christ."
Should our attitude be "if it's not nice/edifying/pure/profitable/you-name-it, don't say it" or "if it's not nice/edifying/pure/profitable/you-name-it, don't think it"?
I'm starting to realize I've been way too lenient with my thought life. What are your thoughts (no pun intended) on all this?