A few years ago, while cleaning our house in the Philippines, I found a little snake in the living room behind our couch. It was about 6 inches long, and very skinny. I was pretty sure that it was harmless, but we captured it in a jar, and Michael carried it up to the office to ask the Filipino staff what kind of snake it was.
“Udto udto,” they told him;
"it’s so poisonous, if it bites you, you won’t last 'til lunch."
We learned later that they said the same thing about every snake anyone ever encountered there. They were lovingly encouraging us to not take any chances with any snake.
Let's encourage each other to not take any chances with any sinful thoughts, no matter how harmless they seem. Thoughts of discontent, fear, ungratefulness or bitterness can become equally poisonous to our faith, and they must be taken captive, replaced with thoughts and words of thanksgiving, praise and trust!
…we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ
2 Cor 10:5