Real Emotions

WhatIsRealDevoThis is the way we know that we belong to the way of truth. When our hearts make us feel guilty, we can still have peace before God. God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. (1 John 3:20)

Ponder It.
How have your emotions guided your behavior in positive ways?
How have your emotions guided your behavior in negative ways?
What confuses you about emotions?

Receive It. We’re emotional beings. God is an emotional God, and we’re created in His image. However, just like anything else in life, we need to cope with our emotions with self-control. We need to let God reveal the truth about our emotions, not let our experiences and preferences determine our response to emotions. Before we decide to let an emotional control or direct our behavior, we need to know whether or not it is leading us in the right direction. Even though God created us in His image, and He guides us through life as our emotions enhance our experiences, we can’t always trust our emotional experiences, because our perspectives can distort emotions, twisting them in ways that no longer are rooted in the truthfulness of God

We also can’t rely on our own definitions of good and bad emotions. We might experience something as bad that God intends us to rely on Him through and grow. We might experience an emotion as good but in reality, it just makes us comfortable, which may not be where God wants us to be. Plus, a single emotion could draw us toward God in one situation, as we rely on Him to guide us through an experience, but separate us from God in another situation because we let the emotion control us. That’s why it’s critical to rely on God for the truthfulness of every situation. As you know God’s character, including His emotions, you’ll rely on Him to define your emotions as He intends.

Live It. Keep a list of emotions you experience through the day. Make a note of the situation. You don’t need to go into depth; just jot enough to remind you of the context. Place the list in a place you’ll see it in one week. Review it and determine how accurate your emotions were. Keep emotions in the context of truth. Determine the truthfulness of emotions and specific situations drawing you closer to God. Allow your emotions to enhance your spiritual experiences in all areas of your life.

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