“A Sound Mind” – COVID Era Devotion, Day 39

Brothers and Sisters,

I’ve had cause today to be thankful for a “sound mind.”  Consider, just for a moment, what a wonderful gift is sensibleness – self-control, wisdom, reasonableness, a solid grasp on reality.  Yes, we’re frail human beings, but in Christ our birthright is a sound mind.  Sometimes we fight to realize that birthright; sometimes we battle to defend it; sometimes we struggle to enjoy what’s ours…but it is ours.  It is ours not by anything inherent to us, but by what belongs to Jesus; by who he is, and by what he won.  Of course, what’s Christ’s is only ours if we’ve been united to him; if what Paul told the Galatians is also true of us: “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20, ESV).  It’s this truth that allowed Paul to write the following words to Timothy (words for which we can, and should, be profoundly thankful tonight):

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control [or, in the NKJV, a sound mind]. – 2 Tim. 1:7 (ESV)

May you enjoy tonight the resting peace that comes with the exercise of such a mind…

In Christ,

P.J.

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