Intentions


The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.
Proverbs 20:5

Every person is a world unto himself the popular saying goes and it is true, there are many ways of thinking as there are people on earth. The mind and heart have mechanisms to generate and shape thoughts and ideas that respond much to personal experiences of any kind. Facts in the past, however insignificant they may seem, can exert a strong influence on the mindset of a person. It will be difficult to navigate in this sea of thoughts that run through the human mind. Many of these thoughts are kept quiet, in secret, without being disclosed to anyone. However, oftentimes the body language helps us to discern the intentions that lips refuse to utter. A slight change in the look, a small twitch, a slight change in tone of voice, a gesture or a change in posture and movement of the hands speak volumes to those who are trained to detect such paralanguage.

In his daily contact with the world, the son of God should be aware of these little things that can really help to discern the intentions of his interlocutor. We cannot walk through the world naively thinking that everyone thinks and is equal to us and that nobody wants to hurt us. Not that we’re going to become paranoid but we must be aware of the wiles of the enemy. Recall that wisdom and intelligence come from God. If we lack wisdom we have to ask him for it. He will grant us all that will help protect us in this world. Always try to discern those intentions behind the words we hear because not everything that we hear describes in full the true meaning of what we are being told. There is always a hidden background that we must know not to fall into the traps and snares of the enemy. With God’s help we shall be victorious. Only to God be the glory!

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