Spirit of Sound Mind!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7)
Everyone who takes birth in the world will possess a certain level of sense. There is good sense, bad sense, stealth sense and cunning sense too. Even while we scold others, we ask this way “Don’t you have the good sense at all?” At the same time, we call it the sound mind (good sense) as the sense coming from the Holy Spirit. It is the one, which we all like.
At certain times, our sense will not function properly. It will be in a troubled state. The mind will be trembling to be unable to take a firm decision due to the sad state of affairs. So, an old Tamil saying instructs that decisions should neither be taken when one is too happy nor too sad. Some people will be subjected to the evils of terrible lusts. At that stage, they will not pay heed to moral values. Since they are governed by those lusts they will not know even what they drink, whether it is alcohol or the sewage water. In the end, they will be subjected to dreaded diseases like AIDS.
There is an old Tamil saying which says that ‘All the ten will fly away when one is suffering from hunger.’ Here, ‘the ten’ denotes to the ten good characteristics. When hunger of lust comes, the brain will not function. Samson, a judge, who met a Philistine girl, was filled with the lust and he expressed his wish to his parents about marrying her as she was charming to his sight. He did everything on the basis of his lusts and this resulted in him becoming blind with pierced eyes.
Just like this, the prodigal son too departed to enjoy the lusts of the world along with his friends. His father, elder brother and the relatives would have advised him a lot. But he slid down to a situation in which he disliked his father but preferred to own his father’s property alone. What was the reason for this? The sense of the younger son did not function properly and it had been in a troubled state.
So, he went away to far off places, led a wicked life and lost all his belongings. His situation became so bad that he was even glad to get his stomach filled with the pods that the swine ate” (Luke 15:16). But when his mind became clear, he began to realise what wrong he had committed. This thinking made him look back at his father’s home and he began to run back towards his father’s love and home.
Just like this, the pride entered the sense of Nebuchadnezzar when he was at the helm in the palace of Babylon and he became mad. He went to the extent of eating grass like oxen. He writes, “I lifted my eyes to heaven and my understanding returned to me”.
To meditate: “Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded” (Titus 2:6).