Proverbs 24:9

 “The devising of folly is sin,

   and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.”

Proverbs 24:9

Here, the writer reminds us, that the heart matters. Scheming folly is sin. There is no plausible deniability for the person who thinks out the plan; he can’t say, “But I didn’t actually do it. I just thought about it.” Jesus addressed this matter of the heart this way: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart'” (Matthew 5:27-28).

Here are some verses they may be helpful for this topic:

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Prov. 4:23)

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

“As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.” (Prov. 27:19)

“… to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)

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