To this day I would have to say that people’s emotions can get the best of them. Everything around you seems to set you off. A tickle on your face can cause you to feel as if the world is ending.
You feel as if all hope is gone
Why does everybody else’s life seem all put together in a perfect mold with no defaults? Why me?
Did it occur to you that your emotions are eating you alive, and not only you but everyone else around you?
“I get it, I’m messed up”, you say to yourself.
Anger. Rage. Irritation. Frustration.
All the things that a Christian should be refraining from yet seem impossible. The truth is, it is possible.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Sometimes it seems as if there is no self-control at all.
You act out without even thinking about it
Am I even capable of having self-control?
God says I am.
Is it even possible for someone like me to love someone else?
God says it is.
Do I even have the power to?
God says I do.
So what’s the problem?
Guard your heart
The heart that was born to be entrusted in Jesus needs a flaming sword over it, therefore, no evil or deceit could get through.
Where is your heart? Your eyes? Your thoughts?
If you’re angry at someone, are you fueling the fire with hateful thoughts and bitterness yet expecting to love them?
Are you telling yourself you’re not good enough yet wondering why you can’t look in the mirror?
These types of thoughts are a sure way to tear you apart.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Would you leave the keys to your house hanging on the door knob for a thief to come in? Probably not. Well, it’s the same for your heart and mind. Don’t allow the enemy to come in and destroy your life.
Instead, Jesus is here to give you life. He loves you.
Trust me, I get it. It’s not easy. But all it takes is one day at a time to work towards keeping your thoughts on Jesus and His Kingdom.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Phillippians 4:8
You may be asking why? Well, the next verse goes on to speak of God’s peace. The reason I point this out is, who wouldn’t want peace? Especially the peace that comes from your creator, the one that knows you the best, the one that has your best interest.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Phillippians 4:9
I suggest reading the entire chapter 4 of Phillippians as it also speaks more about gentleness, anxiety, and the peace of God guarding your heart.
You’re off to a good start!
Decide today to do something different. Something that will help you not let your emotions get in the way. Something that speaks life!
How have your emotions been affecting you? What changes are you looking forward to making?