We do feel a lot of emotion depending on the circumstances. Sadness, joy, excitement, fear, anger, jealousy and other ones. They make us human. Humans feel but to what extent do we allow our emotions to control our actions? We will have good and bad days, it’s part of the deal as long as we are still here. But on the bad days when our emotions are all over the place, what do we do?
Being born again does not mean we will never feel again, whether you hide it well or not, it is still there. Now the question is this, how reliable are our emotions and feelings even as children of God? It is clear from the scriptures that our emotions can be put under when they are out of line.
Emotions have played a number on us so many times and unfortunately, we often allow our emotions to dictate our actions. When angry, we could become insensitive and hurt others and an overwhelming sense of sadness has hastened some to take decisions that couldn’t be reversed.
Women might just be more prone to this since we are emotional beings by God’s design. We feel whole lot and that is probably why God put us in charge of nurturing. It is a blessing if used well but if not used accordingly it could become a weapon of destruction.
So many times, our emotions tell us something but knowledge and experience tells us something else. Emotions could be shouting “Tear it all down. Break it off. You don’t need this anymore” while knowledge is whispering “Just wait… Be patient”
It then becomes a battle between our emotions and our knowledge of the truth or what is right. Our emotions try to rule us; make the dictations. Emotions are always screaming do it now! show it now! what are you waiting for? now is the best time! But knowledge tells us that he that can rule over his spirit is stronger than him that can take a city.
A Christian that allows him/herself to be emotionally driven at all time will be very familiar with the regret bus stop. The signs at the bus stop all read almost the same things… “Oh I wish I hadn’t said that”…”I wish I had just waited a little bit longer”… “I wish I had sought godly counsel before I took the decision”… I wish I never said yes/no.
Now, here is a call to action. Let’s try and put a stop to this regret sprees and allow our knowledge to lead us rather than our emotions.
How do we do that;
1) Always take your time.
Even when you think you have the right answer right there at the tip of your tongue, wait till your emotion is back to factory settings before giving a reply. Let no one rush you into making a statement either verbally or otherwise. Always take your time.
2) Don’t wait till you to “feel” like doing the right thing before doing it.
If you keep waiting for your emotions to lead you before you do the right thing you will end up always coming late.
Obeying God and doing His will should be an act we engage in even when we don’t feel like it.
3) Our emotions are not a true reflection of the values we hold dear.
In the heat of the moment, it’s possible that your emotions will push you way beyond the borders of values and convictions. This is why you need to let your body calm down and your mind stops racing before you make every important choice.
4) let the word of God have the final say.
Even if you do not trust the decision you are making, you can rest assured that the word of God won’t lead you astray.
When faced with extremely difficult situations, and we find our emotions to be running high… Let’s find out what the bible says about such. And as painful and difficult as it may be, let us follow the word.
A word for the godly woman;
The Bible said we are more prone to be easily deceived(And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1 Timothy:2:14) don’t shrug off this word of God. The God that made us said we are a weaker vessel (Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
If you like, try everything to proof this word does not apply to you, it is still the truth. We were made that way and that is why women should not usurp authority in the home.
Let us not allow pride to chase us out of our estate. Especially in the homes, we are not to lead. God made it that way. God made the man a leader because they are more disposed to leading with their head/knowledge than with their emotions. We were made to help not to lead. Our role is exquisite and beautiful. We get to feel and experience such love in our hearts towards our babies and know the joy that comes from caring for others.
Letting our emotions run us will lead us into ruin. In this present generation, Christians are getting more attached to songs and preaching that appeal to their emotions rather than true knowledge. The result of this is that it has no long term effect; the hype is short-lived, and then you feel down and sad and you start looking for another quick fix.
It’s like the issue of the man that looks at himself in a mirror, goes out and he has forgotten what he looked like.
Listen less to motivational speakers and spend more time digging deep into the perfect law of liberty. When you spend time with God, you will get ideas that will cause you to breakthrough.
When emotions were running high after the men came back from battle only to realise that their wives and children had been taken captive; in their desperation, they were ready to stone their beloved David. But you know what, David didn’t succumb to his feelings. There was no motivational speaker around, but he encouraged himself in the Lord.
He sought the Lord for the next course of action and God led him.
Wipe your tears. Take a walk. Take a knee. Open the Bible. Listen to the still small voice. Let God reveal His mind to you. When emotions are running high dig deeper into knowledge. Knowledge of His words. It never fails.