Emotional Truth

Emotional Truth

As women, we may have no influence so naturally persuasive as our emotions.  I live in a home with three precious teenage daughters, and let me just say there are days when I wouldn’t blame my husband if he went and pitched a tent out in the woods beside our house!  Scripture tells us that:

every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no shadow or variation due to change”   James 1:17

 

and we know that emotions, though tainted by sin through the fall of man, were created by God as a gift for good purposes.  Lately, I’ve been doing some research, reading, and heart-searching about the way I let my emotions persuade me in big and little moments.  I feel things deeply, both good and bad.  This can be such a gift, but it can also lead me to meditate on things that are not healthy for my soul. I’m also trying to disciple my daughters in this area so that they can enter their adult lives with a little more “heads up” knowledge than I had and tools to learn how to submit their emotions to God as an act of worship. Our mind, our will, and our emotions are the three faculties God has given each of us. But, as Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre so aptly put it in their book True Feelings: God’s Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotions, “emotions tell us what we think about what we care about.”  Emotions don’t lie, they report on what we believe.  If we believe a lie, such as “God is good to everyone BUT me,” then our emotions will be a report and reflection (sad, depressed, angry, bitter) of our belief in that lie.  The solution?  Get our minds and wills thinking rightly and scripturally.  And how do we do that?  We must be in the Word of God, reading, meditating, and studying it to glean the truth and help God so bountifully offers us. This has really been so helpful to me over the last few months.  When I see my emotions out of whack, I am more able to stop and ask, “What am I believing to be true right now?  Is it right?  Is it scripturally sound?”  When I ask those things of myself and really look at the belief system I’m holding in that moment, I am more able to see where and why my emotions went “off the rails.”

How kind of God to give us emotions for this life!  They aren’t meant to be a noose around our necks, at the whim of our hormones or seasons of life.  Emotions can and should be used for good…to let us express great love to God and others, to express great compassion, joy, sorrow, empathy….the list goes on and on.  Scripture itself is full of emotional language, particularly in the Psalms and poetic books: “Delight yourself,”  “fret not,” “be glad,” “I am in distress.” Emotions are the flavor of life, in a sense. More and more, I want the “taste” of my life to be pleasant, not bitter.  May God grant us all the ability to see clearly when our emotions are taking us captive to patterns that are not good for us or glorifying to Him.  Hebrews says it perfectly:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Heb. 12:1-2

Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always “Enough” for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

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