“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Does this mean, if we think positive thoughts, we reap positivity, and negative thoughts reap negativity? Speaking portions of scripture can leave the hearer to misinterpret and misguide others.
The incomplete portion is needed to understand its meaning. Some people, mis-interpreters, apply it in ways to fit their agenda, and others, heresies, apply it in ways to justify their self-taught doctrines.
Many people that quote the small portion of this verse of scripture reference it to thinking positive leads to positive results, thinking negative leads to negative results. The partially read verse is popular under the umbrella of positive thinking, pseudoscience.
The chapter is focused on a wealthy ruler that feeds you delicacies with the intent to ensnare and obligate you to support his evil cause. The writer is telling persons who are vulnerable to the deceit of the self-centered and self-profit rich ruler, “Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies; For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior…one who manipulates], He says to you, “Eat and drink,” Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost],” (Proverbs 23:6-7).
Some wealthy and rich persons are evil at heart and their intent is self-gain. They are not concerned about your well-being, but will use you as a tool and bait to increase their riches, not caring if you are destroyed.
So, could I say the rich ruler believed his thoughts were positive because it benefited him and you reaped the negative results, not because you thought negative, but trusted his positive thoughts?