Let me begin with a quote from Corinthians about thinking.
(2Cor 3:5) Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
The next verse is lovely to me so I will include it.
(2Cor 3:4) And such trust have we through Christ toward God:
Thank you God for the insight into myself. That I embrace sorrow and grief unhealthily as a defense against angry people and in situations where I feel threatened.
Give me your grace:
(1Cor 15:10) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Confidence in God not myself
(Prov 3:26) For the LORD shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being snared.
This pattern of a solution to a life long habit and problem that I have been solving wrongly can be applied to many problems I experience.
TAKE MY EYES OFF MYSELF and FOCUS ON JESUS.
Doesn’t Jesus talk about having a singular focus for the eye?
(Luke 11:32) The men of Nineveh shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
(Luke 11:33) No man, when he has lighted a lamp, puts it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a lampstand, that they who come in may see the light.
(Luke 11:34) The lamp of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is sound, your whole body also is full of light; but when your eye is evil, your body also is full of darkness.
(Luke 11:35) Take heed therefore that the light which is in you be not darkness.
(Luke 11:36) If your whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp does give you light.
Other translations say when the eye is healthy, good, or single.
It is easy for the mind to drift away from Jesus. His goodness and mercy. His power.
My mind wants to do its part. To figure it out or make a plan.
The plan is Keep my eyes and whole being on Jesus. To love Him with my whole heart and mind and spirit and strength.
Isn’t this the great commandment?
(Deut 10:12) And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
(Deut 10:16) Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked.
(Deut 10:17) For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, mighty, and awesome, who regards not persons, nor takes reward:
(Deut 6:4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
(Deut 6:5) And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
(Deut 11:13) And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Wait a minute, I did not hear mind> I heard all my heart, might and soul.
but not mind.
Other translations say mind, but NKJV does not.
They do however have Jesus saying it :
(Matt 22:37) Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
The word for mind is:
G1271 (Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)
G1271 διάνοια dianoia (dee-an’-oy-ah) n.
1. deep thought, contemplation
2. (properly) the mind (or its disposition), the faculty
3. (by implication) its exercise, i.e. purposeful mental activity
[from G1223 and G3563]
KJV: imagination, mind, understanding
Root(s): G1223, G3563
Other translations say with your entire thought, understanding, or intelligence.
Just look at the word dianoia
It involves will. We would not call that mind but spirit. Or will altogether. We would not call our mind our will or vice versa because they are separate things to us. But back in the day they were the same thing.
Plato however was around before Jesus so lets look at the English version.
noun, Greek Philosophy.
the mental faculty used in discursive reasoning.
perception and experience regarded as lower modes of knowledge Compare noesis
(in Greek philosophy) the exercise of reason.
Psychology. cognition; the functioning of the intellect.
He goes on to theorize this transcendence within the context of the Sublime, where discursive reasoning turns into reverence for the unspeakable and inexpressible.
The Unspeakable Art of Bill Viola Ronald R Bernier
It highlights a general shift among the argument’s supporters, away from treating the existence of God as an innate principle to treating it instead as the result of discursive reasoning.
Journal of the History of Philosophy: vol. 53, no. 3, July 2015
Moreover, O’Reilly adduces a compelling case that Aquinas grounds and surrounds discursive reasoning and judgment (per modum cognitionis) with judgment by connaturality or inclination (per modum inclinationis).
Aesthetic Perception: A Thomistic Perspective
uncovers a shift in his moral reasoning: prior to 1983, McCormick followed a neo-Scholastic moral epistemology that finds human goods and values according to natural inclinations: post 1983, he adopts a prediscursive and discursive reasoning informed by the Christian story that finds goods and values according to the meaning and dignity of human persons.
To Treat or Not to Treat: the Ethical Methodology of Richard A. McCormick, S.J., as Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Newborns
We use this logical, discursive reasoning when we have to make things happen, get something done, or persuade other people to adopt a particular course of action.
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Sabuco called this process of discursive reasoning “rhetorical insinuation” became it derived, he said, from the power of words to persuade the will.
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As does Augustine, Pinkerton, in reflecting on the fact of creation, arrives through discursive reasoning at faith and knowledge that go considerably beyond a pure encounter with existence.
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Furthermore his use of “intellectus” implies the Greek “noesis,” which is certainly not identical with discursive reasoning.
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Ultimately, Socrates’ sole purpose in arguing with any interlocutor is simply to show the shortcoming of intuition and discursive reasoning and to awaken him to the “infallible guide within himself” (p.
Beets, M. G. J. Socrates on the Many and the Few: a Companion to Plato’s Politeia
Mechtild and Gertrude of Helfta precede extended analogies elaborated through discursive reasoning by St.
Allen, Prudence, R.S.M. The Concept of Woman. Vol. 2: the Early Humanist Reformation, 1250-1500
Again I am lost and abandoned to learning about my reason instead of keeping my eye on Him. I love Him in my thoughts.
Help me Jesus to love you in all my thoughts,,,
getting back to Corinthians …
(2Cor 3:4) πεποίθησιν [3 reliance δε 1 And τοιαύτην 2 such] έχομεν we have διά through του the χριστού Christ προς towards τον θεόν God;
(2Cor 3:5) ουχ not ότι that ικανοί εσμεν we are fit αφ΄ of εαυτών ourselves λογίσασθαί to consider τι anything ως as εξ from out of εαυτών ourselves, αλλ΄ η but ικανότης ημών our fitness εκ is of του θεού God;
I can only think because He allows me too. It is only because of Him.
Thank you Jesus for letting me love you in my thoughts if I choose to do so.
I choose it. I choose you.
What if my mind is more than I think. What if God knows what He is doing and can explain exactly what our minds are for?