The Mind Of Christ
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
God has given us a sound mind: The ancient Greek word used here had the idea of a calm, self-controlled mind, in contrast to the panic and confusion that rushes in when we find ourselves in a fearful situation. Troubling thoughts can beset us all from time to time, but these thoughts are generally self-inflicted.
Many diseases of both body and mind are self-inflicted. For example, ulcers are often caused by worry and anxiety. Heart attacks are caused many times by overexertion. Unjustified worry, fear, prejudice, hatred, and envy can contribute to mental stress, which could lead to mental illness. So one way to have a healthy mind is to avoid those practices. But the Bible way to a healthy mind is this, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” If you have the mind of Christ, worry will be offset by trust, enmity by love, and fear by faith.
2 Timothy 1:1-7
Fears sometimes seem as if they would overwhelm me, Lord Jesus, but then I remember Your gift of power, love, and a healthy mind. Thank You for the promise of healing and love, as I keep my mind on You, my beloved Lord. Amen.