If there was one thing to bring a man into God’s word, it’s a desire to be emotionally mature. In today’s unstable environment, the proper use of emotions create the stability our life and our family long for.
When do I grow up emotionally?
When I use God’s word to govern my heart.
In Ephesians 5:18 it says, …do not get drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.
There are substances that do control our emotions – coffee, prescription drugs, food, alcohol. What if we put into us, not coffee, drugs or alcohol, but God’s word to control and direct our emotions?
God created our emotions for a purpose, yet, because of our lack of understanding and maturity we use our emotions in ways that do not serve us or others. Which usually means that destruction follows.
What if, as Christians we redirect the emotion, and see the cause of the emotion from a different perspective? Anger, fear, sadness is simply a response to the circumstances of life and what comes our way.
Rather than a distorted response to anger, we use anger appropriately – to protect that which we love?
Rather than fear moving us to deaden, or escape the feeling, we use it to motivate and empower a creative solution.
Rather than manufacturing happy, we sit in the sadness wanting the depth of what sadness teaches.
I contend that a proper perspective only comes through God’s Word.
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 that the equilibrium of contentment in his life comes from the very presence of God – “be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God (God’s presence), which surpasses all understanding, will guard your HEARTS and your MINDS in Christ Jesus.”
Then, Paul beautifully tells us to think on “these” things – one of which is truth. We filter our emotions through truth….the truth of God’s word. This brings a different perspective.
Notice how David, in the book of Psalm, filters the emotions of his heart through his understanding of God.
Paul, in Romans 7:24-25 cries out (emotion), “wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
When Mary, the mother of Jesus was told she would be with child, she was greatly troubled (emotion) at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. In the midst of her emotions, she asked inquisitively and responded in praise. She knew God’s word and her fear was turned to praise.
In contrast, Luke 1:11 an angel appeared to Zachariah and fear fell upon him. Luke 1:18 Zachariah’s response is a question the angel interprets as unbelief. Vs. 20 the angels response – you won’t speak because of your unbelief. His fear had the opposite effect than it had on Mary.
In the text it says Mary went to see her relative Elizabeth for a time. I’m sure this helped bring strength and perspective to an emotionally confusing time.
You need your brothers to help you control your emotions…..S.P.A.R.
No more reactions, no more escape or deadening our emotions.
The family of God, the word of God and even the teaching of God’s word, all bring us to properly use our emotions in the way God intended for them to be used.