"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."
(Proverbs 29:11 KJV)
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
(2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
Emotions are a part of living for the human being and they are even found in Our Awesome God. It is important that we recognize this and learn to control our emotions, that is, don't let our emotions control our actions. God controls His and we should try to control ours without repressing them. Emotions have psychological as well as physiological reactions that can be dangerous to us and to others, physically as well as spiritually. Much of the Bible records the emotions of great people of God and shows us where they sinned when they didn't control their emotions. The reasons we need to recognize our emotions are many but here are three:
First, our emotions are all around us and in us. Our emotions define our inner being and tell us constantly about our surroundings. The awareness of the life around us starts with what our emotions tell us about that world. In order that we continue to exist, we need to know something about our emotions. Emotions can cause increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and increased respirations.
Second, our emotions can come with great intensity. We often find ourselves struggling with them because the emotion is so strong and intense. You can usually put a thought out of your mind but an emotion that causes fear or dread is hard to overcome without the help of Our Awesome God. We need to realize that we cannot always get away from our feelings without His help.
Third, be very aware that emotions will not serve to make things correct. Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection are not correct just because emotionally we feel they are correct. True understanding of why Christ died and how much Our Awesome God loves us do bring hope and a happy heart in the Bible so our emotions are involved but they don't make it happen or make it right.
Our Awesome God gave us emotions so we can be happy, joyful and hopeful but also to show us the down side with frustration, doubt and anger. When we can control them with experience, prayer and help from Jesus Christ, we will be ready to move on toward maturity and eventually heaven. We are still in training and not a completed work yet. So don't give up on yourselves, just keep trying to get control of those emotions.
Come to our church which starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study and we meet again on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We enjoy visitors!
Flo & Bill