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A to Z Answers: Sound Mind

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV).

What is a sound mind?

When we speak of the limbs of men or beasts, soundness is something akin to strength. Sound legs are able hold weight with balance and athletic firmness. When horses’, hounds’ or humans’ legs are sound, those creatures can stand securely.

Conversely, an unsound limb can lead to a fall.

A sound mind is strong and balanced and secure as well.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

What a promise!

As the years pass, I must admit that I occasionally suffer from the “Here-After” syndrome. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Here’s an example. I might climb all the way upstairs in my home, only to ask myself:

“What did I come up here after?”
Thank God for His promise of a sound mind!

God’s guidance and His infinite knowledge are tremendous helps. When we look to Him for insights and understanding, He leads us into greater clarity.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.
He will not rebuke you for asking.
(James 1:5, NLT)

Whether we are digging in God’s Word for scriptural truth or simply hunting for a lost item at home, He can be our Guide.

Now … where did I leave those car keys?
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