May 30

Controlling Emotions

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What say you?   Of course, some say God's Will, but still allow feelings to determine their actions, which potentially brings unwanted and unnecessary consequences.  This not the life God desires for us.

Saying what we mean and meaning what we are completely different. Anyone can convince themselves and others (at the time) with what they say, but it is really what they mean?  Because, unless they do it, they don’t mean it.  James 3:18 teaches us that, "good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace."

I’d like to take this point from Proverbs 23:7 which tells us, “for as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates]. He says to you, “Eat and drink,” Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost].”

The Greek word for heart in Proverbs 23:7, “nephesh,” refers to our soul, our mind, the self, the living being. The place of our desires, emotions and appetites; the place where the activity of our will, mind and character takes place.

"If any man be in Christ," 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, he is a "new creation." So, this means his heart now belongs to Christ, not himself.   The Bible says, our bodies are a part of Christ.  (1 Corinthians 6:15)  So, when we're born again, we think like the new man now we are, not the old one or even a selfish one. We consider are love for Christ and the spiritual things of God, and do them with regards to God's Will and Desire, because we recognizes and acknowledges this new life.

So, even if a situation arises that causes us to struggle a bit emotionally, because we inhabited Christ and Christ us, we turn our hearts to God intentionally.  When we do this, it is His love in us that now causes us to make Godly choices each time.

God's love is Power.  It is a constraining force that fuels one with the ability to make Godly decisions to do what is right.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (TPT) says, “...So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.”

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (TPT) teaches us, “for it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and holds us tightly, because we are convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.”

Without conviction in our hearts that Christ died for us, we will never be able to turn to Him in troubled times, because it His love (Christ's love within us) that compels us and controls us.   It is our being convinced of this truth, that motivates us in the spiritual things of God,  which impacts and influences our will.  

The KJV version renders the word “fuels” in 2 Corinthians 5:14 as “constraineth,” which in Greek means to hold together completely.  This is what I'm talking about here.  It is precisely the love of Christ, in us, that causes any negative feeling to die.  As Christians, we don’t live through emotions or let them move us, just because they're there.  We live in Christ who lives in us with every decision we make.

Now, this doesn’t mean we may not feel what we feel and that we will never feel things.  It means we live for Christ (not ourselves), because when Christ died for us, we died with Him, emotions and all.

We say what we mean and mean what we say.

Further Study (click Scripture to read)

Proverbs 29:11Proverbs 1:1-5Titus 2:11-12

Prayer

Father, we pray for every person reading this, right now, who is suffering with feelings causing them to think ungodly thoughts and possibly do ungodly things.  May their minds be strengthened, right now, by Your Spirit. Let the Light of Christ shine upon their eyes, so their minds may be renewed in the Lord Jesus.   We declare, they are walking in the Light of Christ shining in them, right now, God and that even now, Your Peace is restoring their hearts, as they receive it, so they may walk with grace through every trial, overcoming it with great joy, in Jesus Name.  Amen!!  Glory to God!

Where ever you are speak in tongues or if you haven't received the Holy Spirit, thank the Lord.  He is touching you.

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