Proverbs 16:23-24 shows us that our thoughts and words are intimately connected. They are like bone and marrow, so close, it is hard to divide them (see Hebrews 4:12). Because of this, it’s important that we have pleasant thoughts so we can also have pleasant words.
Our thoughts are silent words that only we and the Lord hear, but those words affect our inner man, our health, our joy and our attitude. The things we think about often come out of our mouths and sometimes make us look foolish, but if we live God’s way, our thoughts and words can make our lives more enjoyable.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can let your thought life run in any worldly direction and then ‘fake it’ by speaking godly words. Either both are pleasing or both are negative and sinful. There is no middle ground.
Begin to operate in the mind of Christ, and you will step into a whole new realm of living. As you spend time letting Him adjust your thinking, you won’t have to think about speaking pleasant words. It will just happen naturally!
Prayer Starter: God, I realize that my thoughts and words are connected. I don’t want to try and ‘fake’ on the outside what isn’t real inside. Please adjust my thoughts so that I can speak pleasant, godly words.
—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional
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