Feelings – just what are they and what should we do with them? That’s a good question because we all have to deal with feelings on a daily basis. So, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty of feelings and emotions.
What are feelings? What are emotions? Are they the same and what should we do about them?
Emotions, as you know, are very real – love, joy, peace, even hatred. Feelings seem to be the response we give to the emotions we feel. Nevertheless, it’s has to do with how we act or react in any given situation.
And just how should we act or react in any given situation? Good question. And the answer is to do what God says to do. That way you’ll always be doing the right thing and the right thing always works. More about that later.
So, what’s wrong with just “letting it all out or venting?” What’s wrong with letting your emotions do whatever they want to do? Plenty! Because—emotions and feelings are supposed to be the caboose, not the engine. And that’s where many (and I would even venture to say, most) people go wrong. They let their emotions lead them instead of reigning them in and responding in a godly manner.
Letting your emotions lead and direct you will not solve your problem nor will it pacify the situation. The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God (James 1:20).
Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would lead and guide us into all truth—not our emotions or feelings. But, you might say, I’m just so angry, sad, upset, etc. I just have to let it out! Do you? Why? That’s not staying in control—that’s out of control and will get you nowhere.
So, what do you do? Glad you asked. You go to God’s Word and do what He says. If you’re tempted to get angry, yield to the peace of God that’s already in your re-born spirit. Jesus told us to let the peace of God rule in our hearts (John 14:27).
Are you fearful? Let the love of God cast out all fear. And what if you’re sad or heartbroken? Yield to the love of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. He’s the only One Who can truly comfort you.
Let’s take control of our emotions and do things God’s way. Then we can walk in peace and make good, quality decisions from a godly point of view.
John 16:13 (KJV) 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
1 John 4:16 (KJV) 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:18 (KJV) 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
John 16:7 (KJV) 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.