Proverbs 12:5 (Dissected and Defined)
The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
Righteousness and Wickedness Begins in the Thoughts of the Heart
The difference between the righteous and wicked is enormous – with great consequences in this world and the next. Where does this difference originate? In the thoughts and counsels of the heart! Solomon in this proverb makes a simple observation, but it is our duty to extract the lesson. Righteousness or wickedness begins in the thoughts of the heart, and it is these that must be ruled.
You must keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil” — Luke 6:45
What is the Heart?
The heart may be the seat of the emotions, but certainly the thoughts of the heart is the source of our motives and choices, for we choose what we desire and love. Therefore, we must rule and teach our hearts to love things that are right and to hate things that are evil (8:13; Ps 119:128).
The Righteous Meditate on the Law of God
The righteous meditate on the law of God and right things (Ps 1:1-3; 119:97). When the Bible talks about meditations it’s talking about what the thoughts of the heart are. Righteous men and women are committed to doing what is right in the sight of God. When they fall and sin, they confess their folly, repent of their wickedness, and pursue God yet again (Rom 7:14-23).
Watch what you think on today.