Emotions, hmmmm what are those exactly?
After doing a quick google search, Emotions are defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. There’s a set of workbooks called MasterLife (book 2) takes five days and teaches us how to deal with our emotions. Let me be clear, we were created with emotions, our Father in heaven gave all of us emotions. How we choose to respond when we feel certain emotions, is what determines our level of spiritual maturity.
Now I’m not saying that if you fly off the handle you are immature, neither am I saying that if you don’t pop off you are more mature than others. What I am saying is that there is a certain way to handle the emotion(s) you are feeling and respond to what you’re feeling. In the lesson it talks about how emotions are closely tied to our actions. Our emotions cause us to act, but you can also act your way into an emotion. The book uses the acrostic ACTION to help when you feel an emotion and want to react. Acknowledge the emotion. Consider why you have it. Thank God that He will help you master it. Identify the biblical response to it. Obey the Holy Spirit’s leading. Nurture the appropriate fruit of the Spirit.
I can fully understand wanting to relish in your emotion because it feels good, but when you relish in that emotion it can cause some other things to happen. For instance, the enemy will find it to be a perfect opportunity to slip into your thoughts and cause you to sink deeper into what God wants to bring you out of. I know it’s easier said than done, but we have to be intentional on this journey to being closer and more intimate with God.
When you allow God to help see you through the emotion, you’ll begin to see the benefits of the emotion instead of the weaknesses.
The scripture that went along with this lesson was Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
As we strive to be more like Christ we have to remember that this is what He is, Christ embodies all nine of these fruits and if we plan to be more like Him we must learn how to put these on, instead of what we are comfortable with.
About the Author:
Mika Washington is a 31-year-old journal writing enthusiast, who just decided to go for it. Journaling has been something she has always enjoyed. She says it helped get her through a lot in life and still does. Mika says just decided to write out loud and allow others to hear her thoughts because she was Created to Inspire!”
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