The Megrims

I have had a few migraines in my day, but it turns out that I could have used a much more high-sounding term for it, megrim. A megrim is a synonym for migraine, depression or unhappiness, low spirits; or the blues. Technically, it means ‘pain in one half of the head.’

In an animal it is used to describe an abnormal gait, staggers or a sudden vertigo, sometimes followed by unconsciousness.

Do we dare to call our pain what it really is?  A pain in the side of the head; a broken heart, hangry, depressed, lonely, grieving, afraid? Or do we call it some fancy term that confounds listeners and deceives our very own selves? Or, God forbid, do we call our sin something else to make it palatable?

For example, do we describe lustful movies or books as day dreaming when they are putting slimy pictures in our heads? Do not love what God hates. 

“If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can’t be filled with impure thoughts.”  David Jeremiah

“Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace.” Charles Spurgeon

“It’s what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean, because it’s from within, from the human heart, that evil thoughts come, as well as sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, cheating, shameless lust, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness. All these things come from inside and make a person unclean.” (Mark 7:20-23)

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