Simeon said this to Mary in Luke 2:35 about Jesus, “…that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” The Greek word for thoughts is dialogismos. Does that sound like dialogue? According to Strong’s it means inward reasoning, questioning, consideration, and deliberation; turning thoughts over in the mind; reckoning by mental questions, opinions, designs, and disputes.
It carries the same thought as what God told Peter in Acts 11:12. He was to doubt nothing. Strong’s definition denotes a conflict with oneself, in the sense of hesitating, having misgivings, doubting, being divided in decision making, or wavering between hope and fear.
These definitions took me to James 1:6. We are to ask for wisdom in faith without doubting. Verse 8 says that one who doubts is double-minded and unstable in all their ways. We need to be resolute in our thoughts in order to be resolute in our words and actions.
Romans 14:1. It says, “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.” Verse 4 says, “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.”
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according tot he flesh, but according to the Spirit.” It is too easy to ‘condemn’ another in our thoughts. More on this tomorrow.