The Truth on Emotions - Sunday, April 7th 2013
"I will rise now," I said, "And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love." I sought him, but I did not find him."
In the Song of Solomon, we see that Solomon's bride-to-be desired to be with her beloved in a major way. She was caught up in her emotions and began dreaming of running through the city to find him and bring him back to her bed chamber. While her love and desire was not a bad thing, they were beginning to take her down a dangerous path.
Whether it is a love we have towards someone, sadness over a loss or anger over an injustice, we have all faced overwhelming emotions. So what are we to do with those emotions? First, we must understand that emotions are a gift and when used properly, they can help us experience life to the fullest. The dangerous part is when we allow the emotions to control us rather than us controlling our emotions. Secondly, we must understand how to best control our emotions. This is done through the power and understanding of God's Word. When we are faced with anxiety, we should respond in thanksgiving to God (Philippians 4:6-7). When anger burns in our hearts, we can respond by looking at the cross and remembering what God did for us (Ephesians 4:31-32). In the case of lust, we must deny ourselves and turn to Christ (2 Timothy 2:22). When we filter our emotions through God's Word, we will find peace, joy and the ability to persevere no matter the circumstance we face.
Life Lesson: We must learn to control our emotions if we desire to live a life of purity.
Thank You for creating me with emotions so that I can experience life all around me. Give me the wisdom and guidance to control my emotions so that they don't control me. Speak to me through Your Word and guide me by Your Spirit. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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