“And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind” ~ 2 Corinthians 8:19
The word ready can more accurately be translated eager. The strong quality that caused the church in Jerusalem to select Titus to assist in delivering a large grace gift to Corinth was an eager mind. An eager mind learns and increases its knowledge as a dry sponge soaks up water. It is a wonderful and desirable quality.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
A sound mind is a disciplined mind. The opposite of fear is not courage, but love. Natural fear is overcome by supernatural love in the company of a disciplined mind. There must be something healthy about a disciplined mind. Naturally, the opposite of a disciplined mind is a self-indulged and over-indulged mind.
“Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded” ~ Titus 2:6
A sober mind is a moderate or balanced mind. The Greek word sophroneo (so-fron-eh’-o) is the same word translated in verses 2 and 5, as temperate and discreet. The idea behind the word is curbing one’s impulses. Therefore, the cure for impulsive behavior is a sober mind.
THE FIVE INGREDIENTS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT
These are the five biblical ingredients for fertile mind soil:
Seeds of truth planted in this soil will take root, germinate, grow and bear fruit. In order to change the fruit of one’s behaviour, one must change the root of his thinking.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.