As I woke up this morning I heard the phrase, un-managed emotions. And as I pondered that, I could see in my mind’s eye current events and the reactions of some of the people I’ve seen in the news. Then I thought about some of the things I have gone through myself and had to really look at the reactions I have had in certain situations.
Was I the easy going, calm person I wish to portray, or did I react strictly from an emotional level without thought of words or behavior? Of course, we all have exhibited emotional behavior we later wish we could erase from the minds of those who witnessed it. Yelling, screaming, crying, shouting, saying things we would later regret. None of us is exempt from this kind of behavior. But…it seems that emotional outbursts and anger are becoming more common place than ever before. What does the word say about emotions? How are we to react when in a particular situation.
We see in Mark 14: 32-34, Jesus said he was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. He knew what it felt like to be emotionally drained didn’t he? Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus was tempted in all ways, but never sinned. But never sinned. Wow, how in the world can we follow that? According to Romans 8:11, we have the power of the living God within us. We get to tap into that power through the Holy Spirit and through His power begin living a life that enables us to react to situations in a godly and appropriate way.
It is through the example of Jesus that we can do this. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me! Phil 4:13. Yes we can react to emotional situations in a responsible manner. That is, as we seek Him and give our emotional selves to Him and allow the Lord to help us stop and think and then, react properly. Will this mean we react physically? Sometimes, we may cry or speak firmly, or even laugh, but the reaction can come FIRST through our spirit and then our emotions will play out in a more godly way. This may take some time, but with each occasion, we can come closer to demonstrating our emotions properly.
With prayer and application of the word to our daily lives, we will find ourselves walking into that place of emotional manageability. Yes, we can react emotionally and properly. Emotions are a part of our make up, they are there for a reason. It is the appropriate display of our reactions that is so important. Not dismissing them or pretending that don’t exist, but taking each situation and making it a place for the demonstration of one of the fruit of the Spirit, that being self control. Remember that scripture about working out our salvation? Here is one way to do that.
May God bless you as you seek His face.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Please comment.