The wise mind

“A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.” Ecclesiastes 10:2

Don’t panic, It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life, says the Lord.

Anyway, there are three groups of believers in the church, and of course each one has its own state of mind; rational, emotional or wise mind. Remember the story of the prodigal son? He had his own mind, and so was his brother, and the father just as well. Beneath we will see how. 

The rational or thinking mind says everything has to be theologically correct, intellectual, logical, factual, focused and well structured. If it’s otherwise, then there is a problem, whoever is in there reacts negatively. Most people this group struggle with questions like, 

“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?” (Mark 3:4). 

The emotionally minded are they with a free spirit, and therefore are passionate, impulsive, reactive, and are such as make emotionally led decisions. These struggle though in the company of believers in the other groups, rational and wise mind. A good example is; the elder son upon hearing that his brother was back; and his father had killed the fatted calf, “…he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. [And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends…” (Luke 15:25-29).

The last group of believers are the wise minded. In the story above the father was of a wise mind, and the two brothers the younger brother was rational, while his brother was emotional. But the wise will always find a balance, and therefore are intuitive, sensitive and aware of what might affect others.

Don’t be blinded folks, but learn to see around and appreciate what other people believe too. Before you judge others, correct others, rebuke others, condemn others, Jesus said, “cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.” Luke 6:42

The wise mind

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 

How you should present your bodies to God.

Present yourself, (spirit, soul and body) in a way that he can accept. A living sacrifice was to be presented in a certain way, the fashion he chose, and any other way was profane. Yours should be the kind he accepts, holy! It wasn’t possible to dress sacrifices  anyway they liked. Now, with the same right, we Christians also are living sacrifices – consider how Christ presented himself, and you do it likewise. “So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:12-15

The Amplified Bible says, “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.” Romans 12:1 

Human beings have a natural tendency to operate from a place of pure reason or pure emotion. When we are viewing things through either way, we miss out on the big picture. This is why sometimes we preach mock each other on social media. It can feel cold and lifeless to view relationships, you name it, with nothing but logic and rational thought.

Conversely, it can feel chaotic and disorganised to view our lives from the perspective of pure emotion or the spiritual only. In order to live the most effective and balanced lives possible, it is advantageous to learn how to integrate reason with emotion. This integration is “wise mind” like I said above.

We saw that there are three believers in church, and so do the human mind it has has three states: The Reasonable Mind, the Emotional Mind, and the Wise Mind. We all possess each of these states, but the majority of people operate in a specific one most of the time. This is why we judge others, despise others and discriminate others.

The wise mind is the balance between the reasonable mind and the emotional mind. Where an believer recognises and respects their feelings, but they are able to respond to them rationally and maturely. The wise mind is that place where the reasonable mind and the emotional mind overlap. It’s that part of every person that can know and experience truth; it’s where the person knows something to be true or valid.

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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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