Pure Thoughts… “The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.” Proverbs 15:26
Pure thoughts are pleasing to the Lord because they honor Him. He is wholly and pure in His nature and being, such that purity resonates with His righteous expectations. This is why Jesus says the pure in heart see God (Matthew 5:8). Purity allows the lens of our soul to focus on our Heavenly Father with clarity and conviction. As we comprehend Christ’s character we are able to walk in His will. He gives defined direction to clean hearts and minds.
However, sin soils our soul everyday. I read something I shouldn’t read, I see something I shouldn’t see, or I hear something I shouldn’t hear. Our visual and digital society seeks out unsuspecting souls and taints their thoughts. Stinking thinking is detestable to the Lord. This is why daily we are compelled to confess, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Confession is cleansing.
Indeed, there is a process for pure thinking. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Are you a lazy thinker or an intentional one? How do you take captive of every thought and align its allegiance to the Almighty? Disciplined thinking avoids shallow self-indulgent thoughts, and instead, prayerfully and unselfishly contemplates the depths of Christ’s wisdom, love and holiness.
God gives us a diverse menu of rich thoughts to feast from, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). “Do I ponder pure and pleasing thoughts to Him?” My Master is a mind reader, so I make this my daily prayer, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
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