Read:

  • John 11:35 –  Jesus wept.
  • Matthew 11:28-30 –  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Respond:

How can I honor God with my emotions?

Emotions are to be a healthy part of a godly life. I know that because Jesus expressed a wide range of emotions. In the gospels we read that Jesus was consumed with zeal and filled with joy; he felt compassion, anger and disappointment; he wept with grief. He obviously didn’t stuff all of his feelings inside like some of us are apt to do. Nor did he let his life be driven by feelings. The Son of God did all things well because, as he said, “the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)

As I consider how to manage my emotional self, I have to keep in mind that my natural tendency is to follow my heart or feelings, in many cases. But the Word of God reminds me that my own heart is deceitful (Jerimiah 17:9) and, therefore, it cannot always be trusted. If I respond based simply on my feelings, I will be led astray. That’s why the Apostle Paul instructed me to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). No matter how I may feel, I have to constantly look at and learn what the Father is telling me to do through His Word.

Reflect:

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David Marsh
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