Thoughts Affect Actions
Thoughts react powerfully on the character.
A sinful thought, brought again and again before the mind, strengthens the natural tendency of the will to evil and leads
to the sinful deed. Therefore the thoughts must be disciplined and brought into captivity to the law of Christ. "Keep
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Here is the hardest battle of the Christian life;
to govern the thoughts there is need of constant watchfulness and persevering prayer. -selected
Actions Affect Thought
Jacob is a good example of actions affecting thinking - after living for many years with deceiving others and being deceived, it had an impact on Jacob's thinking.
- Instead of sharing his stew with his hungry brother, Jacob
tempts Esau, in his weakness, to barter stew for his birthright.
- Jacob steals Esau's blessing by deception.
was deceived by Laban and received Leah for a wife instead of Rachel.
worked hard to get all he could from Laban, as Laban had deceived him for years.
- Rachel stole Laban's household idols when they left his home.
As Jacob went back to his father's land, how did his past experience with deception affect his thinking in regards
to meeting Esau again?
- Then the messengers returned to
Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."
So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels,
into two companies. And he said, "If Esau comes to the one company and attacks it, then the other company which is left
will escape." (Gen 32:6-8)
- But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced
him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. (Gen 33:4)
Even faithful servants of God can fall into patterns of bad habits and sin. If we don't change our thinking, our
bad habits and quick judgments of others will continue. If we think bad of others, we will believe they think bad of us. If
we mistreat others, we will always be on guard for mistreatment. If we deceive others, we will always believe we are being
On the other hand, if we think good about others and treat
them fairly, we won't worry about what they are thinking about us. If we are positive and grateful, we will have peace inwardly
and display it outwardly in kindness.
evil thoughts against others: These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give
judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And
do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,' Says the LORD." (Zec 8:16-17)
your thoughts: Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked
speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder
the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from
evil. (Pro 4:23-27)
on the Lord's instruction brings peace: The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile. Blessed is
the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law, that You may give him rest from the days of adversity, until
the pit is dug for the wicked. (Psa 94:11-13)