Awareness and Standard Setting

INTRODUCTION

The motive is to create awareness to both negative and positive reactions with the hope of setting possible standard or the way – forward for the current generation, like a mother would advice her son. The Holy – Bible and the scientists gave us the green lights to some issues. It is hoped that learning from them would benefit them physically and spiritually, spur them forward to be creative and successful in life. The areas considered here are – Energy boost, Overeating, Motherhood, Depression and Anxiety, Compassion and Kindness, Tough – Times, Anger, Selfishness Shedding, Addiction and Powerless-ness, Encouragement, Toxic relationship, Fear and Bravery.

 

ENERGY BOOST

 

In one recent study, people who stuck with a plant-based diet for 18 weeks were more productive at work and less anxious, depressed and tired. Another study showed that-Woman’s energy is through her gut. Ten years ago, eating enough protein was the purported key to optimal energy. Now the focus has shifted to the microbiome- that hidden but vital community of bacteria in the gut that has huge effects through-out the body. Good bacteria aid digestion. And essentially, they help you retrieve energy from your food in the most efficient way. They also manufacture about 95% of the body’s supply of serotonin. This is the key hormone for boosting energy. Much of it is counter-intuitive- produced in the gut, but not in the brain. But hundreds of neuro-chemicals get sent to the brain to help with learning, memory and mood.

This story was studied in the Holy Bible. Like parables some verses were cited to be relevant for this story and to guide interested readers. The Bible is the tool to salvation.

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES

 

PROVERBS 4:13

13.Take fast hold of instruction; let her

Not go.

Keep her; for she is thy life.

ECCLESIASTES 8:4-6

4.Where the word of a king is, there is

Power; and who may say unto him, what

Do-e-s-t thou?

5.Whoso keep-e-t-h the commandment

Shall feel no evil thing; and a wise man’s

Heart discern-eth both time and judgment

6.Because to every purpose there is time

And judgment, therefore the misery of man is

great upon him.

 

ISAIAH 40:29-31

29.He give-t-h power to the faint;

And to them that have no might he

increase-t-h strength

30.Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall;

31.But they that wait upon the LORD shall

Renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings as

Eagles;

They shall run, and not be weary;

And they shall walk, and not faint

 

PROVERBS 1:31-33

31.Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of

Their own way,

And be filled with their own devices.

32.For the turning away of the simple

Shall slay them,

And the prosperity of fools shall

destroy them.

33.But whoso hearken-eth unto me shall

Dwell safely,

and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

ECCLESIASTES 3:14-15

  1. I know that, whatsoever God do-eth, it

Shall be for ever; nothing can be put to it, nor

Any thing taken from it; and God do-eth it, that

Men should fear before him.

15.That which hath been, is now; and

That which is to be hath already been, and God

require-t-h that which is pas

PROVERBS 8:9-11

9.They are all plain to him that

Understand-eth.

And right to them that find knowledge.

10.Receive my instruction, and not silver,

And knowledge rather than choice

Gold.

11.For wisdom is better than rubies;

And all the things that may be desired

are not to be compared to it.

PROVERBS 4;10-12

10.Hear, O my son, and receive my saying;

And the years of thy life shall be many.

11.I have taught thee in the way of

Wisdom;

I have led thee in right paths

12.When thou go-e-s-t thy steps shall not

Be strait-e-ne-d;

And when thou run-nest, thou shalt

Not stumble.

PSALM 62:9-12

9.Surely men of low degree are vanity

And men of high degree are a lie.

To be laid in the balance, they are

Altogether lighter than vanity

10.Trust not in oppression,

And become not vain in robbery;

If riches increase, set not your heart

upon them.

God hath spoken once,

Twice have I heard this;

That power belong-eth unto God.

 

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OVER-EATING

Our brains maintain healthy body-weight by signalling when to eat and when to stop. Hormones regulate feeding circuits that control appetite and satiety. But fatty, sugary foods motivate some people to over-eat. The more they do, the more they want- a sensation common in drug-addiction. In normal eating; hormones signal START-AND-STOP. Appetite-stimulating hormones from the gut alert feeding. The circuit is in the hypothalamus. They also stimulate reward centers such as the ventral tegmental area and the striatum which increases the pleasure associated with eating. As the gut is filled and blood nutrient level rises, appetite-suppressing hormones such as leptin and insulin are released in the hypothalamus. The rewarded centers suppress appetite and inhibit pleasure to make more food less appealing.

Foods spark dopamine-release by the striatum which motivates feeding behavior. And they move into the prefrontal cortex which influences decision making. In some people, the actions of endorphins, dopamine and other chemicals regulate the reward systems that over-power hormonal signals and conscious effort to stop eating full.

Scientists researched into over-eating and suggested that drugs used to treat addiction may help prevent the craving. Self-discipline is the most probable for the control-Take just enough, keep some because over-eating any-thing whether fats, carbohydrates or protein increase body fat. It could also be deleterious to health in general.

Going through the Bible, some integrated passages appeared good for the over-eating story.

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES     

 

PROVERBS 13:17

17.A wicked messenger fall-eth into

Mischief;

But a faithful ambassador is health.

PROVERBS 1:31-33

31.Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of

Their own way,

And be filled with their-own devices.

32.For the turning away of the simple

Shall slay them

And the prosperity of fools shall

Destroy them

33.But whoso hearken-eth unto me shall

Dwell safely,

and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

 

PROVERBS 10:26-28

26.As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke

To the eyes,

So is the sluggard to them that send

Him

27.The fear of the LORD prolong-eth days;

But the years of the weak-e-d shall be

Shortened

28.The hope of the righteous shall be

Gladness;

But the expectation of the wick-e-d

shall perish.

 

PROVERBS 13:18-20

18.Poverty and shame shall be to him that

Refuse-t-h instruction;

But he that regard-eth reproof shall be

Honoured

19.The desire accomplished is sweet to

The soul;

But it is abomination to fools to depart

from evil.

20.He that walk-eth with wise men shall

Be wise

But a companion of fools shall be

destroyed.

 

PSALM 19:11-13

11.Moreover by them is thy servant

Warned;

And in keeping of them there is great

Reward.

12.Who can understand his errors?

Cleanse thou me from secret faults,

13.Keep back thy servant also from

Presumptuous sins;

Let them not have dominion over me;

Then shall I be upright,

And I shall be innocent from the great

Transgression

PROVERBS 25:16

16.Hast thou found honey? Eat so much

As is sufficient for thee,

Lest thou be filled therewith, and

Vomit it.

PSALM 6:2

2.Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am

Weak;

O LORD, heal me, for my bones are

Vexed.

PROVERBS 21:19-21

19.It is better to dwell in the wilderness,

Than with a contentious and an angry

Woman.

20.There is treasure to be desired and oil

In the dwelling of the wise

But a foolish man spend-eth it up.

21.He that follow-eth after righteousness

And mercy

Find-eth life, righteousness, and

Honour;

 

CONCLUSION

PROVERBS 13:13-16 says-

13.Whoso despise-t-h the word shall be

Destroyed;

But he that fear-eth the commandment

shall be rewarded.

  1. The law of the wise is a fountain of life,

to depart from the snares of death.

15.Good understanding give-t-h favour;

But the way of transgressors is hard

16.Every prudent man deal-eth with

Knowledge;

But a fool lay-eth open his folly.

 

Scientists believe that our brain maintains our health. It sends signals to the body when to eat and when to stop. It reduces the pleasure of food and makes eating less appealing. But self-discipline is considered to be the most appropriate control. In the Bible we read that-The faithful ambassador is health (PROVERBS 13:17). He that walk-eth with wise men shall be wise; But a companion of fools shall be destroyed (PROVERBS 13:20). He that hearken-eth unto the LORD shall dwell safely and shall be quiet from fear of evil (PROVERBS 1:33). As seen in all the Bible passages, over-eating is detested. Proverbs 25:16 says- Hast thou found honey? Eat so much

as is sufficient for thee.

lest thou be filled there with and vomit.

 

 

 

MOTHER-HOOD

 

The incredible calling of mother-hood is seen in the plight of an orphan-The psychic and physical scars right from the first year spent without a loving responsible mother. Children who pass the first two years in an Orphanage have low IQ and attenuated brain activity compared with children living with parents. Early life in an Orphanage has adverse consequences and does not come close to matching the care of parents. Orphanages are hopeless bleak environments. Children feel happier and better loved with parents living in huts. Some young infants refuse to be carried by strangers even when enticed with goodies like candies and toys.

Scientists showed that behaviours like neural connections form in early years, in response to environmental influence especially during sensitive periods. These are the periods when children begin to experience a more favourable living environment. Early life love, shapes development across people’ life time. It also shapes the capacity of a maturing child to traverse future emotional hazards of adolescence and acquire the resilience to cope with the travails of adult life. Infants learn from experience to seek comfort, support and protection from their parents

A successful mother is filled with purpose, peace, fulfillment and excitement. God’s design provides   completeness to the life circle of the children. She provides the next generation with whole-hearted, emotionally healthy and spiritually alive adults. The Holy Bible passages show how mothers care for Children’s needs- teach, guide and pray for them.

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES

 

PROVERBS 31:26-28

26.She open-eth her mouth with

Wisdom,

And in her ton-gue is the law of

kindness.

27.She look-eth well to the ways of her

house-hold.

And eat-eth not the bread od idleness.

28.Her children arise up, and call her

Blessed,

her husband also praise-t-h her.

PSALM 147:13-14

13.For he hath strengthened the bars of

Thy gates;

He hath blessed thy children within

thee.

14.He make-t-h peace in thy borders,

And fill-eth thee with the finest of

the wheat.

PROVERBS 20:7-8

7.The just man walk-eth in his integrity;

His children are blessed after him.

8.A king that sit-t-e-t-h in the throne of

Judgment

scatter-eth away all evil with his eyes.

PSALM 131:1-2

1.LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor

Mine eyes lofty;

Neither do I exercise myself in great

Matters, or in things too high for

Me.

2.Surely, I have behaved and quieted

Myself,

As a child that is weakened of his

Mother;

My soul is even as a weaned child.

PROVERBS 22;6-7

6.Train up a child in the way he

Should go;

And when he is old, he will not depart

from it.

7.The rich rule-t-h over the poor,

And the borrower is servant to the

lender.

PSALM 103:15-17

15.As for man, his days are as grass;

As a flower of the field, so he

Flourish-eth;

16.For the wind pass-eth over it, and it is

Gone;

And the place thereof shall know it no

More

17.But the mercy of the LORD is from

Everlasting to everlasting upon them

that fear him,

And his righteousness unto children’s

Children;

PSALM 127:3-5

3.Lo, children are an heritage of the

LORD;

And the fruit of the womb is his

Reward

4.As arrows are in the hand of a mighty

Man,

So are children of the youth.

5.Happy is the man that hath his quiver

Full of them;

They shall not be ashamed,

But they shall speak with the enemies

in the gate.

PSALM 128:1-3

1.Blessed is every-one that fear-eth the

LORD;

That walk-eth in his ways;

2.For thou shalt eat the labour of thine

Hands;

Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be

Well with thee

3.Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine

By the sides of thine house;

Thy children like olive plants

Round about thy table

PSALM 46:4-5

4.There is a river, the streams whereof

Shall make glad the city of God,

The holy place of the tabernacles of the

most High.

5.God is in the midst of her; she shall

Not be moved;

God shall help her, and that right early

PSALM 28:7-9

7.The LORD is my strength and my-

Shield;

My heart trusted in him, and I am

Helped;

Therefore, my heart greatly rejoice-th,

And my song will I praise him

8.The LORD is their strength,

And he is the saving strength of his

anointed.

9.Save thy people,

And bless thine inheritance;

Feed them also, and lift them up for

 

God designed mother-hood to be a deeply meaningful role. Mothers influence eternity by building in this struggle. Both fathers and mothers are ordained to be one. Love, kind-ness, purposes and visions are ignited and passed on.

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DEPRESSION and ANXIETY

These two behaviours go hand in hand. Bad stressors cannot do anything to them. Experts believe that the frontal lobes control the two symptoms. The frontal lobes are the portions in the brain where memory works. When entertainment and Music suppress them, they produce dramatic changes. The physical manifestations of anxiety and depression are -Sleeplessness, panicking dis-order, in-balance posture and increased heart-rate. The frontal lobes are said to respond to spiritual things as well, as seen in the book of Daniel. They are repulsive cases and most people look for-ward to be guided spiritually as seen in the following Bible passages.

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES

1 SAMUEL 16;14-17

14.But the spirit of the LORD departed

From Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD

troubled him.

15.And Saul’s servants said unto him – Be-

Hold now, an evil spirit from God trouble-th

Thee

16.Let our lord now command thy servants

Which are before thee, to seek out a man

Who is a cunning player on a harp; and it shall

Come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is

Upon thee, that he shall play with his hand,

And thou shalt be well.

17.And SAUL said unto his servants, provide

Me know a man that can play well, and bring

Him to me

1 SAMUEL 16:21-23

21.And David came to Saul, and stood be-

Fore him; and he loved him greatly; and he

Became his armour bearer;

22.And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, let Da-

Vid, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath

Found favour in my sight;

23.And it came to pass, when the evil

Spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took

A harp, and played with his hand; Saul was

Refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit

departed from him.

1 SAMUEL 18:6-8

6.And it came to pass as they came, when

David was returned from the slaughter of the

Philistines that the women came out of all

Cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet

King Saul, with tab-rets, with joy, and with

Instruments of music

7.And the women answered one another

As they played, and said,

Saul hath slain his thousands

and David his ten-thousands

8.And Saul was very wroth, and the saying

Displeased him, and he said, they have as-

Cribbed unto David ten-thousands and to me

They have ascribed but thousands; and what

Can he have more but the kingdom?

1 SAMUEL 18:9-11

9.And Saul eyed David from that day and

Forward.

10.And it came to pass on the morrow,

That the evil spirit from God came upon Saul,

And he prophesied in the midst of the house;

And David played with his hand, as at other

Times; and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

11.And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I nt

will smite David even to the wall with it. And

David avoided out of his presence twice

1 KINGS 19:2-4

2.Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Eli-

Jah, saying, so let the gods do to me, and

More also, if I make not thy life as the life of

one of them by tomorrow about this time.

3.And when he saw that, he arose, and

Went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba,

Which belong-eth to Judah, and left his servant

There.

4.But he himself went a day’s journey into

The wilderness, and came and sat down under

A juniper tree; and he requested for himself

That he might die; and said, it is enough; now,

O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better

than my fathers.

1 KINGS 19:6-8

6.And he looked, and behold, there was a

Cake baked on the coals, and a cruse of water

At his head. And he did eat and drink, and

Laid him down again

7.And the angel of the LORD came again the

Second time, and touched him, and said, Arise

And eat, because the journey is too great for

Thee.

8.And he arose, and did eat and drink, and

Went in the strength of that meat forty days

And forty nights unto Ho-re-b the mount of

God

 

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COMPASSION and KINDNESS

To explore the mechanisms of compassion, Scientists divided about 60 volunteers into 2 groups. One meditated on love and compassion and the other experimental regimen trained participants to cultivate feelings of empathy for others. Preliminary results showed that after a week of meditation-based on loving kindness and compassion-novice subjects saw suffering people with more positive and benevolent feelings. The other subjects who devoted a week to an experimental regimen that just cultivated empathy, experienced emotions that resonated deeply with others’ sufferings

Adding training to empathy counter-balances detrimental effects. Negative emotions diminish and positive emotions increased. The Researchers demonstrated that a week of training in compassion increased prosocial behavior in a virtual game specially developed to measure the capacity to help.

Further research work on meditation provided new insights into methods of mental training that had the potential to enhance human health and well-being, and the ability to cultivate compassion and other positive human qualities. These have a profoundly beneficial effect on all aspects of human societies.

KINDNESS HAS ALSO BEEN A FOCUS OF RESEARCH. An expert gave us some simple words concerning kindness as listed below-

Compliment service workers,

Show interest and concern when someone appears to be having a bad day,

Say thank you,

Ask questions about someone’s interest-I see you are buying a wedding present. Is it for someone close to you?

Greet your neighbours,

Learn your neighbour’ names and write them encouraging notes during different times,

Find something positive to say to the cashier at the checkout line

Start a conversation with the person beside you on a bu, in an air-plane, or in line at the post office

Offer to help someone. For example, you see a woman struggling with her packages and the baby stroller all at the same time. A simple-Here let me help you with that- could be just the words to brighten her day.

Speak kindly to the kids in the neighbourhood. So many adults talk down to kids; they’ll think you’re the greatest.

 

Looking through the above stories we were able to pick some related integrated Bible passages.

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES

 

PSALM 78:38-40

38.But he, being full of compassion,

Forgave their iniquity, and destroyed

Them not;

Yea, many a time turned he his anger

Away,

And did not stir up all his wrath

39.For he remembered that they were

But flesh;

And wind that pass-eth away, and come-th

Not again.

40.How oft did they provoke him in the

Wilderness,

And grieve him in the desert;

PROVERBS 19:21-23

21.There are many devices in a man’s

Heart;

Nevertheless, the counsel of the LORD

That shall stand.

22.The desire of a man is his kindness;

And a poor man is better than a liar

23.The fear of the LORD tend-eth to life;

And he that hath it shall abide

Satisfied;

He shall not be visited with evil.

PROVERBS 31:26-28

26.She open-eth her mouth with

Wisdom;

And in her tongue, is the law of

Kindness.

27.She look-eth well to the ways of her

Household,

And eat-eth not the bread of idleness,

28.Her children arise up, and call her

Blessed;

her husband also, and he praise-t-h her.

PSALM 145:8-9

8.The LORD is gracious, and full of

Compassion;

Slow to anger, and of great mercy

9.The LORD is good to all;

And his tender mercies are over all his

Works.

1 PETER 3;8-10

8.Finally, be ye all of one mind, having

Compassion one of another, love as breth-

ren, be pitiful, be courteous;

9.Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for

Railing, but contrariwise blessing; knowing

That ye are there unto called, that ye sould

Inherit a blessing.

10.For he that will love life, and see good

Days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and

his lips that they speak no guile.

ISAIAH 54:8-10

8.In a little wrath I hid my face from

Thee for a moment;

But with everlasting kindness will I

Have mercy on thee,

Sa-it-h the LORD thy redeemer.

9.For this is as the waters of Noah unto

Me;

For as I have sworn that the waters of

Noah should no more go over the

Earth;

So, have I sworn that I would not be

Wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

10.For the mountains shall depart,

And the hills be removed;

But my kindness shall not depart from

Thee.

Neither shall the covenant of my peace

Be removed,

Sa-it-h the LORD, that hath mercy on thee.

 

CONCLUSION

Love, compassion and kindness are great attributes. When you are discouraged try to praise God. There is an old hymn that says- Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God hath done. When you remember the blessings, you are reminded of God’s faithfulness and tender care. Remembering will help fill you up when you feel your emotional tank is running low.

PSALM 117;1-2

1.Praise the LORD, all ye nations;

Praise him, all ye people

2.For his merciful kindness is great

Towards us;

And the truth of the LORD endure-t-h

For ever

CHARITY is a kindly attitude towards people. Most of the attributes are in

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7

4.Charity suffer-eth long, and is kind; charity

e-n-vi-e-t-h not, charity vaunt-eth not itself, is

Not puffed up,

5.Doth not behave itself unseemly,

Seek-eth not her own, is not easily provoked,

Think-eth no evil;

6.Rejoice-th not in iniquity, but rejoice-th

 

TOUGH TIMES

 

An incentive poem titled Your-self to Blame- written by May-me White Miller was used by a concerned mother to admonish her children, when going through tough times. The poem if taken by heart word for word can actually put one through hard times successfully, and induce a sensible child decide whether to be a success or not. Every-body is the Captain of his own ship. I feel honoured to rewrite this beautiful captivating poem here.

If things go bad for you

And make you a bit ashamed,

Often you will find out that

You have your-self to blame.

Swiftly we ran to mischief

And then the bad luck came.

Why do we fault others?

We have our-selves to blame.

What-ever happens to us,

Here are the words to say,

‘Had it not been for so- and-so

Things wouldn’t have gone that way.’

And if you are short of friends,

I’ll tell you what to do-

Make an examination,

You’ll find that fault’s in you.

You’re the Captain of your ship,

So, agree with the same-

If you travel downward,

You have your-self to blame.

 

Integrated Holy Bible Passages throw more light on the poem.

PSALM 19:11-13

11.Moreover by them is thy servant

Warned;

And in keeping of them there is great

reward.

12.Who can understand his errors?

Cleanse thou me from secret faults,

13.Keep back thy servant also from

Presumptuous sins;

Let them not have dominion over me;

Then shall I be upright,

And I shall be innocent from the great

transgression.

PSALM 26:6-8

6.I will wash mine hands innocently;

So, will I compass thine altar, O LORD.

7.That I may publish with the voice of

Thanksgiving,

And tell of all thy wondrous works.

8.LORD, I have loved the habitation of

Thy house,

And the place where thine honour

dwell-eth.

PSALM 145:17-19

17.The LORD is righteous in all his ways,

And holy in all his works;

18.The LORD is nigh unto all them that

Call upon him,

To all that call upon him in truth.

19.He will fulfil the desire of them that

Fear him;

He also will hear their cry, and will

Save them.

PSALM 27:5-7

5.For in the time of trouble he shall

Hide me in his pavilion;

In the secret of his tabernacle shall he

Hide me;

He shall set me up upon a rock.

6.And now shall mine head be lifted up

Above mine enemies –  round about me;

Therefore, will I offer in his Taber-n-a-c-le

Sacrifices of joy;

I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto

The LORD.

7.Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice

Have mercy also upon me, and answer

Me

1 CORINTHIANS 6:3-5

3.Know ye not that we shall judge angels?

How much more things that pertain to this

Life?

4.If then ye have judgments of things pertaining

 to this life set them to judge who are

least esteemed in the church.

5.I speak to your shame-Is it so, that there

Is not a wise man amongst you? No, not one

That shall be able to judge between his

Brethren?

CONCLUSION

To keep her de-moralized children going through hard times, the concerned mother admonished them to remember the poem. She said –You cannot blame anybody for your own mistakes. You make the choices; you decide whether you’re going to give up or sit up when the going gets tough. It’s you who decide whether to succeed or not, by doing what is legally necessary to get you where you want to go.

With this solid advice, the children buckled down them-selves and determined to be shining stars for others to emulate ’You are the Captain of your ship’- kept ringing in their ears. This lesson is confirmed in Integrated Bible Passages (PSALM 19:12-13, PSALM 26, and PSALM145:18-19, 1 CORINTHIANS 6:3-5). And 2 TIMOTHY 2:3-5, concluded the message

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ANGER

IS HEALTHY and REWARDING though people think it is repulsive and be avoided

 

The Greek word for Anger is Or-g-e, -Any natural impulse or desire or disposition Anger changes the minds of other people by forcing them to recalibrate some values. Anger is hardly a useful modality but it has positive values in our emotional lives. Psychologists say that strong men report more success resolving inter-personal conflicts in their favour than weak men- the desire to defend and be in-control of what’s yours. Researchers amass evidences that anger is a potent form of social communication. It is an appetitive force that not only moves us towards what we want but fuel optimism. It is creative, brain-storming and problem-solving and it forces mind and mood to high refined ways. Brain-wise, it is the polar opposite of fear, sadness and anxiety- The feelings that prompt avoidance and cause us move away from what deem pleasant. When the gall rises, it propels the in-rate toward challenges which otherwise will flee away from, to get others to do. Psychologists say that anger feels rewarding because it moves us closer to our goals. Anger is positive because the angry man aims at what he can attain and believes to be pleasant.

Scientists say that when people are aroused to some degree of anger and let off steam; their heart-rate, blood pressure and testosterone level all increase-Anger freaks us out but in-fact, levels of stress hormone-cortisol- drops. Anger helps people calm down and get ready to address a problem and not run from it. Although anger is once considered a full negative emotion, recently neuro-scientists over-turn that view. There are two basic motivational forces that under-lie this behavior. These are the impulse to approach or move towards something desired, and the impulse to withdraw or move away from unpleasantness.

Brain imagining and electrical studies of the brain consistently show that the left frontal lobe is crucial to establishing approach behaviour that push us to pursue desired goals and rewards in rational, logical, systematic and ordered ways. The activation of the right frontal cortex is tied to the more negative withdrawal motivational system marked by inhibition, timidity and avoidance of punishment and treat Brain scan shows that anger significantly activates the brain associated with positive approach behaviours. Anger more often, appears to be down-right rewarding even pleasurable. Angry subjects perceive they can make things better and healthy.

Integrated Bible Passages tell us to put off the old man with his deeds and put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him (COLOSSIANS 3 :8-10). The verses below indicate that Anger could be healthy.

COLOSSIANS 3:8-10

8.But now you also put off all these; anger,

Wrath, malice, blasphemy, faulty communication

Out of your mouth;

9.Lie not one to another, seeing that ye

Have put off the old man with his deeds;

10.And have put on the new man, which

Is renewed in knowledge after the image of

Him that created him;

JAMES 3:16-18

16.For where envying and strife is, there

is confusion and every evil work.

17.But the wisdom that is from above is

First pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to

Be in-treated, full of mercy and good fruits,

18.And the fruit of righteousness is sown

In peace of them that make peace.

PSALM 78:37-39

37.For their heart was not right with him,

Neither were they s-t-e-d-fast in his

Covenant.

38.But he, being full of compassion,

Forgave their iniquity, and destroyed

Them not;

Yea, many a time turned he his anger

Away,

39.For he remembered that they were

But flesh;

A wind that pass-eth away, and come-t-h

Not again;

PSALM 85:4-6

4.Turn us, O God of our salvation,

And cause thine eyes towards us to

Cease

5.Wilt thou be angry with us for ever?

Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all

Generations?

6.Wilt thou not revive us again;

That thy people may rejoice in thee?

HOSEA 14:4-6

4.I will heal their back sliding, I will love

Them freely;

For mine anger is turned away from

Him.

5.I will be as the dew unto Israel;

He shall grow as the lily,

And cast forth his roots as

Lebanon,

6.His branches shall spead

And his beauty shall be as the Olive

Tree,

And his smell as Lebanon

 

CONCLUSION

Culture and Scientists say that anger is healthy and rewarding. And pleasantries follow all angry cases seen in the Bible Passages cited. Anger fuels optimism and is problem-solving towards high refined ways. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work but peace of them that make peace (JAMES 3:16-18). In general, anger is rewarding even pleasurable and subjects perceive they can make things better. This story is concluded amicably with verses from-

ECCLESIASTES 7:3-5

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SELFISH-NESS SHEDDING

 

Selfish behavior -abound in our society. One recent study used a version of the classic Prisoner’s Dilemma, which tested people’s willingness to set aside selfish interest to reach a greater good. After modelling different strategies and out-comes, the researchers found that being selfish was more advantageous than co-operating. The benefit might be short-lived, however. Co-operative behavior evolves first among relatives to promote the continuation of their genetic line. As communities diversify, such mutual support broadens to include individuals not linked by blood. Studies show that almost no behavior is entirely genetic, even among identical twins. Culture, School and parenting are important determinants of co-operation. The degree to which we act co-operatively or selfishly is unique to each individual and hinges on a variety of genetic and environmental influences.

Scientists say that greater emotional intelligence improves relationships and happiness over-time. The integrated Bible passages cited also educate us on the reward of selfishness-shedding. It ultimately improves our relation-ships and happiness.

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES

 

ECCLESIASTES 5:9-11

9.More-over the profit of the earth is for

All; the king himself is served by the field

10.He that love-t-h silver shall not be satisfied

With silver; nor he that love-t-h abundance

With increase; this is also vanity

11.When goods increase, they are increased

That eat them; and what good is there

To the owners thereof, saving the beholding of

them with their eyes?

ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12

9.Two are better than one; because they

Have a good reward for their labour

10.For if they fall, the one will lift up his

Fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he

fall-e-t-h; for he hath not another to help him up.

11.Again, if two are together, then they

have heat; but how can one be warm alone?

12.And if prevail against him, two shall

Withstand him; and a threefold cord is not

Quickly broken

PSALM 144:13-15

13.That our garners may be full, affording

All manner of store;

That our sheep may bring forth

Thousands and ten- thousands in our-

Streets;

14.That our oxen may be strong to labour;

That there be no breaking in, nor going

That there be no complaining in our streets

15.Happy is that people, that is in such a

Case;

Yea, happy is that people, whose God

Is the LORD

1 CORINTHIANS 10:24-26

24.Let no man seek his own, but ever man another’s wealth

25.What-soever is sold in the shambles,

that eat, asking no question for conscience sake;

26.For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness

thereof.

PROVERBS 11:11-13

11.By the blessing of the upright the city

Is exalted;

But it is overthrown by the mouth of

The wicked.

12.He that is void of wisdom despise-th

His neighbour;

But a man of understanding hold-eth his

Peace

13.A talebearer reveal-eth secrets;

But he that is of a faithful spirit

Conceal-eth the matter.

JOHN 7:16-18

16.Jesus answered them, and said,

My doctrine is not mine, but he that sent me

17.If any man will do his will, he shall

Know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or

Whether I speak of myself;

18.He that speak-eth of himself seek-eth

His own glory; but he that seek-eth his glory

That sent him, the same is true, and no un-

Righteousness is in him

CONCLUSION

Experts say that co-operative behavior evolves first among relatives to promote the continuation of their genetic line. As communities diversify, such mutual support broadens to include individuals not linked by blood. Culture, Schools and parents are the usual determinants. They added that greater emotional intelligence improves relationships and happiness. In addition, Bible Passages say – Two are better than one and that a three- fold cord is not quickly broken (ECCLESIASTES 4;9-12) Different categories confirmed that Selfishness-Shedding is best for all. And GALATIANS 6;2-4 concluded the story saying-

2.Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so

Fulfil the law of Christ;

3.For if a man think himself to be something,

When he is nothing, he deceive-t-h himself

alone, and not in another.

4.But let every-man prove his own work,

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ADDICTION and POWERLESS-NESS

Addiction is not a matter of will-power but sense of powerless-ness in life-hunger for love, inability to gain mastery, feeling shame, guilt, failure inability to deal with losses, trauma, hurt, abuse, feeling of inferiority and feeling dominated by others. It is a repulsive emotion, to be avoided by all. Addiction gives pleasure but the victim becomes psychologically and physically dependent on it as stress-reliever.

A young researcher showed that- Cocaine changes human brain by using cutting-edge brain-scanning tools- To pinpoint, not only the physical changes wrought by addiction but also the inherited brain abnormalities that make some people vulnerable to it. Her work provides a potent rejoinder to any one arguing that addiction is simply a matter of will-power. In the brain of normal person, blood flows all over the cortex but decreases in addicts, just like in stroke- An interrupted blood flow; examples are Opium, Indian- Hemp and Marijuana. Marijuana is less addictive than Opium. Nicotine in cigarette is another example- Blood pressure increase with smoking, blood platelets become sticky. The heart is the greatest risk. Integrated Bible Passages referred to some of these symptoms and advised on what to do.

 

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES

 

ECCLESIASTES 8:5-8

5.Whoso keep-eth the commandment

Shall feel no evil thing; and a wise man’s

Heart discern-eth both time and judgement

6.Because to every purpose there is time

And judgement, therefore the misery of man is

great upon him.

7.For he know-eth not that which shall be;

For who can tell him when it shall be?

8.There is no man that hath power over

The spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he

Power in the day of death; and there is no

Discharge in that war; neither shall wicked-

Ness, deliver those that are given to it.

PHILIPPIANS 2:13-15

13.For it is God which work-eth in you

both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14.Do all things without murmurings and

Dis-put-in-g-s;

15.That ye may be blameless and harm-

Less, the sons of God without rebuke, in the

Midst of a crooked and perverse nation,

Among whom ye shine as lights in the

World;

PROVERBS 27:7-9

7.The full soul loath-eth a honey comb;

But to the hungry soul every bitter

Thing is sweet;

8.As a bird that wander-eth from her

Nest

So is a man that wander-eth from his

Place.

9.Ointment and perfume rejoice the

Heart;

So doth the sweetness of a man’s

friend by hearty counsel.

PSALM 78:63-66

63.The fire consumed their young men;

And their maidens were not given to

Marriage,

64.Their priests fell by the sword;

And their widows made no

Lamentation.

65.Then the Lord awakened as one out of

Sleep,

And like a mighty man that shout-eth

By reason of wine,

66.And he smote his enemies in the

Hinder parts;

He put them to a perpetual

reproach.

ISAIAH 33:11-13

11.Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring

Forth stubble;

Your breath, as fire, shall devour you.

12.And the people shall be as the

Burnings of lime;

As thorns cut up shall they be burnt

In the fire

13.Hear, ye that are far off, what I have

Done;

And ye that are near, acknowledge my-

might.

PSALM 31:9-12

9.Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am

In trouble;

Mine eye is consumed with grief, yea,

my soul and my belly.

10.For my life is spent with grief,

And my years with sighing;

My strength fail-eth because of mine

Iniquity, and my bones are consumed

11.I was a reproach among all mine

Enemies,

But especially among my neighbours,

And a fear to mine acquaintances;

They that did see me without fled

From me;

12.I am forgotten as a dead man out of

Mind;

I am like a broken vessel;

CONCLUSION

Addiction is the sense of powerlessness -Hunger for love and all other good things in life. The victim seeks pleasure elsewhere in a sought of stress-reliever, and becomes dependent on it. Unfortunately, the brain inherits abnormalities psychologically and physically.

Integrated Holy Bible Passages say in

ECCLESIASTES 12:11-14

11.The words of the wise are as goads, and

As nails fastened by the masters of assemblies

12.And further, by these, my son, be admonished;

of making many books there is no end;

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Encouragement is described by some Christians as the OXYGEN of the soul-the wind beneath our wings. It is easy to laugh at men’s ideals. It is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm. It is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. Christians’ duty is to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. A true friend says-I believe in you, and I’ll be the first to blow the horn at your celebration party. We can embrace a friend with words that warm a chilled- soul, that fill an empty heart, and lift her up when she is lying face down in defeat. The Bible Passages studied for this story refer to some of these scenarios.

PROVERBS 27:21-23

21 As the fining pot for silver, and the

Furnace for gold;

So is a man to his praise.

22.Though thou should-e-s-t bray a fool in a

Mortar among wheat with a pestle,

Yet will not his foolishness depart from

Him.

23.Be thou diligent to know the state of

Thy flocks,

And look well to thy herds.

PROVERBS 15:23-25

23 A man hath joy by the answer of his

Mouth;

And a word spoken in due season,

How good is it;

24.The way of life is above to the wise,

That he may depart from hell beneath.

25.The LORD will destroy the house of

The proud.

But he will establish the border of the

Widow.

PROVERBS 25:11-13

11.A word fitly spoken

Is like apples of gold in pictures of

Silver.

12.As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament

Of fine gold,

So is a wise re-prover upon an obedient

ear.

13.As the cold of snow in the time of

Harvest,

So is a faithful messenger to them that

Send them;

For he refresh-eth the soul of his

masters.

PSALM 75:4-6

4.I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly;

And to the wicked, Lift not up the

Horn;

5.Lift not up your horn on high;

Speak not with a stiff neck;

6.For promotion come-t-h neither from

The east,

Nor from the west, nor from the

South.

7.But God is the judge

He put-t-e-t-h down one, and set-t-e-t-h up

another.

PROVERBS 14;24-26

24.The crown of the wise is their riches;

But the foolishness of fools is folly.

25.A true witness deliver-eth souls;

But a deceitful witness speak-eth lies

26.In the fear of the LORD is strong

Confidence;

And his children shall have a place of

Refuge.

PSALM 118:5-7

5.I called upon the LORD in distress;

The LORD answered me, and set me in

a large place.

6.The LORD is on my side; I will not

Fear;

What can man do unto me?

7.The LORD taketh my part with them

that help me;

Therefore, shall I see my desire, upon

them that hate me.

PROVERBS 3:26-28

26.For the LORD shall be thy confidence,

And shall keep thy foot from being

Taken.

27.Withold not good from them to

Whom it is due,

When it is in the power of thine hand

To do it;

28.Say not unto thy neighbour,

Go, and come again, and tomorrow I

Will give;

when thou hast it by thee.

 

TOXIC RELATIONSHIP

 

In 1980 researchers acknowledged a traumatic bonding-a sort of marital abuse, an unpredictable- shifts between warmth and malice between husband and wife. This dynamic behaviour keeps the victim working ever harder to make the abuser happy-In hopes of earning a bit of kindness from the spouse. The victim aimed to fix the problem supposedly caused by her. As the pattern persisted it began to seem normal and the ties between abuser and victim grew stronger. Researchers believe that in reality, such toxic treatment is not motivated by love, so much as insecurity and a need for power and control. Toxic relationship is an un-healthy situation for both men and women, worthy to be scraped in present-day community.

Integrated Bible Passages confirm this belief and preach remedies in an ingenuous way.

HEBREWS 13:4-6

4.Marriage is honourable in all, and the

Bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers

God will judge.

5.Let your conversation be without covetousness;

And be content with such things

As ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave

Thee, nor forsake thee.

6.So that we may boldly say, The Lord is

my helper, and I will not fear what man shall

Do unto me.

S

8.But now you also put off all these; anger,

Wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication

Out of your mouth;

9.Lie not one to another, seeing that ye

Have put off the old man with his deeds;

10.And have put on the new man, which

Is renewed in knowledge after the image of

Him that created him;

PROVERBS 3:13-15

13.Happy is the man that find-eth wisdom,

And the man that get-teth

Understanding.

14.F the merchandise of it is better

Than the merchandise of silver,

and the gain thereof than fine gold.

15.She is more precious than rubies;

And all the things thou canst desire

Are not to be compared unto her

PROVERBS 14:14-16

14.The backslider in heart shall be filled

With his own ways;

And a good man shall be satisfied from

Himself;

15.The simple believe every word;

But the prudent man look-eth well to

His going

16.A wise man fear-eth, and depart-eth

From evil;

But the fool rage-th, and is confident.

PROVERBS 14:22-24

22.Do they not err that devise evil?

But mercy and truth shall be to them

that devise good

23.In all labour there is profit

But the talk of the lips tend-eth only to

penury.

24.The crown of the wise is their riches;

But the foolishness of fools is folly.

PROVERBS 31:25-27

25.Strength and honour are her

Clothing;

And she shall rejoice in time to come

26.She open-eth her mouth with

Wisdom,

And in her tongue, is the law of

Kindness.

27.She look-eth well to the ways of her

Household,

And eat-eth not the bread of idleness.

TITUS 2:7-9

7.In all things shewing thyself a pattern of

Good works; in doctrine shewing uncorruptness,

Gravity, sincerity,

8.Sound speech that cannot be condemned,

that he that is of the contrary part

may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of

you.

9.Exhort servants to be obedient unto

Their own masters, and to please them well in

All things, not answering again;

PROVERBS 3:33-35

33.The curse of the LORD is in the house

Of the wicked;

But he bless-eth the habitation of the

Just.

34.Surely, he scorn-eth the scorners;

But he give-th grace unto the lowly.

35.The wise shall inherit glory;

But shame shall be the promotion of

Fools

CONCLUSION

Pride, Disrespect, Gossips, Envy are all bitter emotions. He who belittle and despises his neighbour, talk less of his spouse lacks sense. Proverbs 11:12 says- He that is void of wisdom despise-t-h his neighbour

But a man of understanding hold-eth his

Peace

Such people are serving their own personal interest. Certainly, this is not love. They deceive innocent people (ROMANS 16:18). For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly and by good words and fair speeches. It is best to live at peace with everyone (ROMANS 12:18). And it is best to disallow the root of bitterness to grow among you and make trouble which can poison a large number of people

To conclude, GALATIANS 5:14-16

14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word,

Even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as

Thyself.

15.But if ye bite and devour one another,

Take heed ye be not consumed one of another,

16.This I say then, walk in the spirit, and

Ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

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PROVERBS 13:17

17.A wicked messenger fall-eth into

Mischief;

But a faithful ambassador is health.

PROVERBS 1:31-33

31.Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of

Their own way,

And be filled with their-own devices.

32.For the turning away of the simple

Shall slay them

And the prosperity of fools shall

Destroy them

33.But whoso hearken-eth unto me shall

Dwell safely,

and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

 

PROVERBS 10:26-28

26.As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke

To the eyes,

So is the sluggard to them that send

Him

27.The fear of the LORD prolong-eth days;

But the years of the weak-e-d shall be

Shortened

28.The hope of the righteous shall be

Gladness;

But the expectation of the wick-e-d

shall perish.

 

PROVERBS 13:18-20

18.Poverty and shame shall be to him that

Refuse-t-h instruction;

But he that regard-eth reproof shall be

Honoured

19.The desire accomplished is sweet to

The soul;

But it is abomination to fools to depart

from evil.

20.He that walk-eth with wise men shall

Be wise

But a companion of fools shall be

destroyed.

 

PSALM 19:11-13

11.Moreover by them is thy servant

Warned;

And in keeping of them there is great

Reward.

12.Who can understand his errors?

Cleanse thou me from secret faults,

13.Keep back thy servant also from

Presumptuous sins;

Let them not have dominion over me;

Then shall I be upright,

And I shall be innocent from the great

Transgression

PROVERBS 25:16

16.Hast thou found honey? Eat so much

As is sufficient for thee,

Lest thou be filled therewith, and

Vomit it.

PSALM 6:2

2.Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am

Weak;

O LORD, heal me, for my bones are

Vexed.

PROVERBS 21:19-21

19.It is better to dwell in the wilderness,

Than with a contentious and an angry

Woman.

20.There is treasure to be desired and oil

In the dwelling of the wise

But a foolish man spend-eth it up.

21.He that follow-eth after righteousness

And mercy

Find-eth life, righteousness, and

Honour;

 

CONCLUSION

PROVERBS 13:13-16 says-

13.Whoso despise-t-h the word shall be

Destroyed;

But he that fear-eth the commandment

shall be rewarded.

  1. The law of the wise is a fountain of life,

to depart from the snares of death.

15.Good understanding give-t-h favour;

But the way of transgressors is hard

16.Every prudent man deal-eth with

Knowledge;

But a fool lay-eth open his folly.

 

FEAR and BRAVERY            

Studies on neurobiology of fear and anxiety coaxed resilience and hardiness from most timid animals. They made anxious men braver. Toys in the environment changed them from timid to curious. Army researchers believe that fear is a chemical reaction in the brain, and it alerts them to danger. Soldiers’ fear is their best friend- The signal to pay attention to a threat. The brain triggers the classic fight-or-flight response- sweaty palms, dry mouth and increase in breathing and heart rate with a jolt of adrenaline. But when the brain doesn’t return to normal after a stressful incident or when too many incidents happen, the hormone-driven alert system turns toxic. Some enemies use terror as a weapon in the past. A soldier without fear response is not brave. It is just abnormal. A high stress response is also unhealthy. Optimal fear response accurately assesses the risk. It rapidly returns to base-line when the danger passes. Warrior-brain has this gift in the DNA. Soldiers who possess it benefit from ideal balance of neurological and biological response. Integrated Bible Passages give us more light on this episode.

INTEGRATED BIBLE PASSAGES

EPHESIANS 6:5-8, and COLOSSIANS 3:22-25

5.Servants, be obedient to them that are

Your masters according to the flesh, with fear

And trembling, in singleness of your heart, as

Unto Christ;

6.Not with eye service, as men pleasers;

But as the servants of Christ, doing the will of

God from the heart;

7.With good will doing service, as to the

Lord, and not to men;

8.Knowing that whatsoever good thing

Any man do-eth, the same shall he receive of

The Lord, whether he be bond or free.

ECCLESIASTES 12:3-5

3.In the day when the keepers of the house

Shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow

Themselves, and the grinders cease because

They are few, and those that look out of the

Windows be darkened,

4.And the doors shall be shut in the

Streets, when the sound of the grinding is

Low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the

Bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be

Brought low;

5.Also when they shall be afraid of that

Which is high, and fears shall be in the way,

And the almond tree shall flourish, and the

Grass-hopper shall be a burden, and desire shall

Fail; because man go-eth to his long room, and

The mourners go about the streets;

DEUTERONOMY 32:27-30

27.Were it not that I feared the wrath of

The enemy,

Lest their adversaries should behave

Themselves strangely,

And lest they should say, our hand is

High,

And the LORD hath not done all this.

28.For they are a nation void of counsel.

Neither is there any understanding in

Them;

29.O that they were wise, that they

Understood this,

That they would consider their latter

End;

30.How should one chase a thousand,

And two put ten thousand to flight,

Except their rock had sold them,

And the LORD had shut them up?

PROVERBS 13;17-20

17.A wicked messenger fall-eth into

Mischief;

But a faithful ambassador is health

18.Poverty and shame shall be to him that

Refuse-th instruction;

But he that regard-eth reproof shall be

Honoured;

19.The desire accomplished is sweet to

Soul;

But it is abomination to fools to depart

From evil.

20.He that walk-eth with wise men shall

Be wise;

But a companion of fools shall be

Destroyed.

PROVERBS 11:1-4

1.A false balance is abomination to

The LORD;

But a just weight is his delight.

2.When pride come-th, then come-th

Shame;

But with the lowly is wisdom;

3.The integrity of the upright shall

Guide them;

But the perverseness of transgressors

Shall destroy them

4.Riches profit not in the day of wrath;

But righteousness deliver-eth from

Death.

CONCLUSION

Fear is soldiers’ best friend as it ushers in bravery. It alerts them to danger- Signal to pay attention to a threat. The brain triggers the classic fight-or-flight response. Warrior brain has the gift in the DNA. Soldiers who possess it benefit from ideal balance of neurological and biological responses. Integrated Bible Passages say in PROVERBS 14:27

27.The fear of the LORD is a fountain

Of life,

To depart from the snares of death.

And PSALM 86:9, 12 says

9.Surely his salvation is nigh them that

Fear him;

That glory may dwell in our land

12.Yea, the LORD shall give that which is

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