Read Isaiah 55:8-9
We are often told to be in touch with our feelings or emotions because it’s healthy to recognize what we feel and actively express those feelings. Although we believe this to be true, we must approach our feelings in a Godly manner.
For example, if we’re angry about a situation, it’s healthy and downright beneficial if we express our anger by letting someone know they hurt us, whether it was with their words or with their dishonesty. We can even express our anger by speaking out against an injustice that hits close to home or by being a voice for a cause that just can’t be left silent.
There is an appropriate way to do these things – by choosing our words carefully and not using the emotion of anger to fight anger. Holding our feelings or emotions inside only lead to resentment, unforgiveness, regret, and believe it or not, physical ailment.
Allowing our emotions to fester inside and control our thinking in a negative way is not Godly either. We cannot always trust our feelings to lead us on the right path. We must trust only in God.
Have you approached God about the feelings or emotions you are experiencing and the thoughts that these emotions are producing? I recently talked to God about my emotions and thought processes that have stemmed from my recent change in profession. God clearly told me to re-evaluate my chosen path, re-direct my energies towards what I really want, re-equip my being with what is needed for the new journey, and re-ignite my passion for all that lies ahead.
Although I heard him clearly, I tend to forget what He said and allow my day to day circumstances dictate my emotions, which keep me in an unhealthy state of worry, defeat, and unhappiness.
How much easier is it to remind ourselves daily of God’s instruction for our lives than to mumble, complain, and elicit depression when we can live in the joy and promises of what God has spoken?
Friend, today I encourage you to be in touch with your emotions in a Godly way. Don’t allow your emotions to control your tongue nor your thoughts. Ask God to help you navigate life. Ask him why you are feeling and thinking in a certain way and ask him to align your thoughts with His thoughts and your ways with His ways. (Isaiah 55:8)
Then, when he answers, keep a daily reminder of what He says and don’t allow your emotions and the thoughts that stem from them to take you off the path that is best for you – a path of peace, joy, and understanding in your current situation.
Let’s Pray: Lord, I pray that my thoughts are Your thoughts and my ways are Your ways. I cast down all thoughts that stem from negative emotions and I trust you today and all the days of my life.
Have your emotions ever produced destructive thought patterns that are contrary to the word of God? Please share by replying to this post.
Also, stay tuned for more thoughts on the 4 R’s to positioning yourself on the path that was intended just for you!