Do my thoughts reflect a clean heart?
This is another area I've struggled with over the years. Growing up, I was a chronic worrier. I've lost countless hours of sleep, made myself physically ill, and wasted lots of time on this. In recent years - God has provided much relief and healing in this area as He has taught me about how and why I shouldn't worry.
But, worry is just one area. Judgmental thoughts, thoughts of jealousy or comparison, what-if and if-only thoughts and allowing discontentment to creep in through my thoughts. I had a revelation when I realized that a thought can come into my mind - it isn't mine, isn't my responsibility until I allow myself to dwell on it or think about it.
Years ago, I committed Philippians 4:8 to memory to help me in this and I have said it over and over to myself through the years. Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 are among a host of others that have been sources of great comfort as well as great challenge.
Having a thought life that reflects a clean heart requires great discipline to reject the thoughts that do not please God and replace them with things that do. It requires that true, noble and right thoughts are hidden in my heart to draw on when I need them.