“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” – Hebrews 3 (NIV)
What would we be like if we were never emotional and we were capable of controlling emotions at all times? Our emotions, like our mind and body, are greatly influenced by the fall of mankind into sin. In other words our emotions are tainted by our sin nature, and that is why we need to know how to control our emotions. The Bible conveys to us that we need to be controlled by the Holy Spirit not by our emotions. If we recognize our emotions and bring them to God, we can then submit our hearts to Him and allow Him to do His work in our hearts to control our actions. At times, this may mean God simply comforts us, reassures us, and reminds us we need not to be afraid. Other times, He may give us a sign to forgive or to ask for forgiveness. When we share our feelings with others it’s helpful in managing our emotions. I realized that the Christian life is not meant to be lived alone. God has given us the gift of other believers who can share our burdens and who’s burdens we share. Fellow believers can also remind us of God’s truth and offer new perspectives. When I am feeling discourage or afraid, I can benefit from the encouragement, and reassurance from other believers, but I am careful whom I share with this. It is very important because some so called believers may act like they are encouraging you but really praying for your downfall so be very careful who you trust or confide in when seeking encouragement. Often when we encourage others we encourage ourselves. Allowing emotions to control us is not of God. I just want to thank God for allowing me to have the ability to feel emotions. The way I need to manage my emotions is growing with the Father. With daily input of scriptural principles we should seek to want more of Him, and we need to journey with our fellow believers to help one another grow in faith and in emotional maturity.
God I come to you to say thank you for giving me emotions. I pray I can balance my emotions and I pray that if anyone else is struggling with their emotions they will find comfort in You. May You heal us and bring restoration to us in Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
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Contributed by: Norell Porter
Norell raised in Ft. Lauderdale, is now a resident of Georgia. She is a dedicated wife, the dutiful mother of four children, and a successful entrepreneur of Family First Coding Specialist. She is a covenant partner of The Sanctuary and is our Minister of Giving. She is ambitious outgoing, and she takes great pleasure in giving and helping others succeed in life. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for Norell .