Learning to deal with your emotions is the key to peace of mind. Not doing so could result in being controlled by our emotions influencing our responses and overreacting.
This is the flesh taking over rather than the Spirit guiding us. Our minds under the Holy Spirit will always take time to pray and seek His peace and help. All other responses are shooting from the hip reactions rooted in fear and control, resulting in poor choices.
Read on as Rick Warren gives some helpful tips for managing our emotions.
Jan 18, 2015
How to Deal with What You Feel
by Rick Warren
“To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace. Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.”
(Romans 8:6, 8 TEV)
Learning to manage your emotions is the key to peace of mind.
I want to share with you four important reasons from God’s Word why you need to learn to deal with what you feel.
You need to learn to manage your emotions because they are often unreliable. Your gut is often wrong. Your intuition is often flawed. Your emotions often lead you down a blind alley. You can’t depend on everything you feel! Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (NIV). You don’t have to accept everything you feel, because not everything you feel is right or authentic or will lead you in the right direction.
You need to learn to manage your emotions because you don’t want to be manipulated. If you don’t control your emotions, they will control you, and you will be manipulated by your moods. And, if you’re always guided by your feelings, other people are going to take advantage of you. Worst of all, Satan’s favorite tool is negative emotions. He will use fear, resentment, and worry to wreak havoc in your life. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
You need to learn to manage your emotions because you want to please God. God cannot rule your life if emotions rule your life. If you make your decisions based on how you feel, then you’ve made your feelings god, and then God can’t be God in your life. Romans 8:6 and 8 says, “To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace. Those who obey their human nature cannot please God” (TEV).
You need to learn to manage your emotions because you want to succeed in life. Study after study has shown that your emotional quotient is far more important than your IQ when it comes to success. How many people do you know who ruined their reputation because of something said in anger? Or missed a job opportunity because of their lack of self-control?
The Bible says in Proverbs 5:23, “[People] get lost and die because of their foolishness and lack of self-control” (CEV).
When you give your heart to Jesus, that includes your emotions. So when you say, “I gave my heart to Jesus,” you gave your emotions to him to be managed by him. Jesus wants to be Lord of how you feel, not just what you think and do. He wants to be Lord of your emotions.
“From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires” (1 Peter 4:2 TEV).
Lord we come to You humbly today asking for Your help with the very make up of our emotional beings that You created. We know that You created this part of us so that we would learn to come to You and depend on You to guide our emotions that affect our choices, relationships, and our peace of mind.
Help us this day to put into practice these helpful suggestions from your Word taught by Rick Warren.
In Jesus Name,
This devotional © 2015 by Rick Warren.
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