What are emotions anyway? Did God not give them to us for a reason? After all, we are made in His image. Emotions are necessary and useful, but they are also dangerous and harmful when we let them run the show.
Emotions: a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
Wow, an instinctive state based on our forever changing circumstances, mood, and relationships with other humans.
Our emotions are what set us apart from the animals and creatures of this earth. They lead us to help the hurting, to comfort the sick, or to attempt to make someone laugh when all they want to do is cry. Our emotions are what make us human rather than a robot.
But God tells us in Philippians 6:7 to not be anxious in ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, to let our requests be made known to Him; and His peace, which surpasses ALL understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. This shows us that this one verse covers anything we could ever come in contact with or experience.
God literally covered our entire lives with this verse alone. He tells us to be thankful no matter the circumstance, to pray for and in everything, and to never be anxious.
We are going to experience a lot of hurt on this earth but God already covered it. We have to actively fight the battle of our negative emotions and cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God; as well as bringing EVERY thought into captivity to the OBEDIENCE of Christ (ref. 2 Corinthians 10:5). This means we don’t get to sit by on the sidelines and let our emotions take us where they please.
I am guilty of being an extremely emotional person who has let my emotions run the show for far too long. They have led me down paths I should never have been on, and kept me in the pit of despair for more time than I’d care to admit. The more time I spend in the Word and in prayer, the more Jesus becomes my stability over my ever-changing feelings.
It isn’t easy, especially if your flesh is more drawn to be emotional. You will need to actively choose to trust God and have faith, rather than giving into your worldly feelings and desires. You won’t always get it right and you’ll need to be quick to ask God (and possibly others) for forgiveness, along with yourself. It will look and feel weird at times but it will most definitely show Jesus is in your life. Most of the world runs on their flesh and their emotions, so when we become set apart and act more like Jesus over our flesh, people are going to notice.
Listen to what Paul has to say below and keep asking God to be your stability, rather than letting your emotions lead the way.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. — Philippians 4:8-9
Hannah Smith, author of the Moving Mountains blog, is a woman who feels she has experienced a lot of life in her 30 years.
At 19 years old, Hannah joined the Army. After moving around the country, getting a divorce and losing what seemed like everything, she landed back where God wanted her in Ohio, even though she fought the whole way. She is now in charge of the prayer team at her church and seeks the Lord with all she’s got.
Hannah is married and a RN, but works as a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Isabella, and her son, Grayson.
She loves to hike, travel, drink coffee, and talk about Jesus. Hannah also has a heart to create a home and life in which she can be a safe place for the hurting and the broken.
To her readers, Hannah says, “I believe that God set every single one of you reading this apart, for such a time as this. It is my hope and prayer that God would use the words I say to change your life in a way you and I never thought possible!”