"Your emotions will take you places that you're not ready to go."
Emotions are crazy things aren't they? My emotions can be so high one moment, then something happens and they are so low. I can feel like my life is perfect and in the same day feel depressed and dejected.
God gave us emotions. He gave us the ability to feel. How boring would life be without emotions? I love the feeling in my stomach, the feeling of passionate love, I have for my husband. I love the feeling I have towards my children, of mother love. I love the feeling I get when I minister to women and see God working in their lives.
Emotions give excitement, flavor, and spice to life. But, those same emotions can lead us down a long, scary path. Rejection can turn to sadness, to depression, and to thoughts of suicide. Of, maybe not even that dramatic. Maybe something happens, we feel sad, and we miss out on fun things in life. Emotions can rob us of our joy.
Did you know that you have the ability to lead your emotions? I didn't always know that. I used to think that I was someone with strong emotions. That I felt things deeply. That I could be so happy or so depressed and that's just how I was and there was nothing I could do about it. That meant that when something bad happened and I felt sad, then that sad event led my life and I had no control over it.
Then, God showed me a powerful weapon. That I had the ability to lead my emotions. Did you know that you can control the way that you feel and that the way that you feel doesn't have to control you?
When someone does something mean to mean I quickly forgive them and pray that God would bless them. Then, I continue on my day with joy. I have peace instead of anger and bitterness. I decide to forgive. I decide to have joy. I decide to have peace. I choose to be led by the truth of the Word of God and not by the way that my emotions happen to feel at that very moment.
I know that my emotions can't be trusted because they're always changing. I can "feel" hurt by something someone does and then later learn that what I "felt" was true wasn't true at all. Or, I can choose truth and make my emotions and feelings line up to truth. That, my friends, is incredibly freeing.