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T.H.I.N.K.

January 28th, 2010 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons

Tonight in Orange County, I will speak on knowing the will of God. One of the things I will mention is the importance of thinking about what we say before we say it.

A helpful acronym that you can use when wondering if you should spread a certain piece of information is T.H.I.N.K. Ask yourself the following questions:

T – Is it true? In other words, this thing that you have heard about someone else, is this accurate information? Or is it just gossip or something someone heard about someone else.

Have you ever had anyone tell a lie about you? How did that make you feel?

How about someone gossiping about you? The very word “gossip” just hisses. Gosssssssip! Remember, Satan is the Father of lies.

We are far too ready to pass on information before verifying if it is true or not.

H-Is it Helpful? Will sharing this information be helpful to the other person?

I- Is it Inspiring? That is clear enough.

N- Is it Necessary? Do we really need to spread this information?

K– Is it Kind? Pretty clear there.

You might say, “Greg, if I applied that T.H.I.N.K. acronym to what I said about others, I would hardly speak at all!” Ah! Perhaps that’s not such a bad idea?

12 Responses to “T.H.I.N.K.”

  1. Leticia says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg! This really spoke to me this morning, I came home and shared this with my family and friends. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  2. SR says:

    I really love this acronym. I T.H.I.N.K. we should use it whenever we speak at all…not just about others.

  3. Tammy says:

    This is great! I am posting this at my desk at work and several places at home to remind myself. I usually say something then think oh that wasn’t right.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg! We love Harvest here in the Seattle area. I was listening to this sermon online yesterday and I shared T.H.I.N.K with my ten-year-old daughter but I was having trouble remembering all of it; I was so happy to find it here. My daughter heard some gossip about two of her classmates this past week and this information is helpful because she can discern on her own what is truth, what is not truth, and what her response will be.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great piece of ideology! I work with inmates completing a mandatory drug and alcohol program, on Thursday night we have a family group for clients and families, one of the issues this week was how clients and family members speak to each other, many of the family members cited, fights, arguments regarding this subject. I will be sharing this piece with them! Thank you for giving me a tool to work with my clients.

  6. cookie says:

    I THINK you so right here Greg. I am in constant battle…where I work the girls love to talk about everything & I am talking to the Holy Spirit in me asking Him what I should contribute or just shut my mouth. When I do open it please Lord let my mouth bring Peace & not add to the junk. I am trying to press in for FIRE in my spirit & life in my words. It is such a battle, I need JESUS every second…it’s almost scary. I seek & pray…I want so much more of Him & none of me. I am corrupt in my thoughts & disappointed in my quickess to obey

  7. Anne Maltes says:

    Thanks for posting this. I wasn’t quick enough writing it during service.

  8. Anonymous says:

    i always enjoy reading your devotional and learn more of it and always share it to our members who lives outside US who has no religious freedom. I’m so happy. We are luck of tools and spiritual books, but unfortunately it is not possible for us to have in Iran.Thank you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I heard you say this years ago and I have never forgotten it. I think it’s a wonderful guide.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Learning to speak in Love, Agape, is what our Father wants. THINK first…Thanks Pastor Greg.

  11. Renee says:

    Awesome. What a great true.

  12. Marie says:

    Less time spent listening to ourselves and more time listening for the voice of He who called us to Him, is what God would like! In the silence I Him so much better.

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