Daily Wisdom 252: Proverbs 12:5

Proverbs 12:5 (NKJV) — 5 The thoughts of the righteous are right, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Right thoughts, wrong counsel. Righteous people start at the right place: the thoughts. Not only are their words right, but their inmost thoughts are right. All else is born of the thoughts. An old adage declares: “Sow a thought; reap a deed. Sow a deed; reap a habit. Sow a habit; reap a character. Sow a character; reap a destiny.” It all begins with the thoughts. If our thoughts are right, our actions will be right. If our actions are right, we will be right. This is why every thought must be brought into captivity unto the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:4-5).

While the righteous think right thoughts, the wicked not only think evil but also speak evil. They give wrong and deceitful counsel. In the multitude of godly counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14), but wicked counsel simply compounds wickedness. While there is safety in the multitude of right counsel, there is destruction in the multitude of wicked counselors.