Have you ever felt like your life was completely governed by negative emotions? Do you find yourself making decisions based on how you feel and then later having those decisions backfire on you? Many people are living emotionally-ruled lives, and they constantly battle negative emotions. Some people don’t even know what it’s like to live free from negative emotions because dealing with them has become a way of life. If you find that negative emotions have played a huge role in your quality of life, there is good news! God has made a way for you to overcome and be set free from negative emotions, and it is found in His Word. When you understand emotions and their purpose, your life will change for the better. You don’t have to be emotionally-ruled another day in your life.
So, what exactly are emotions anyway? A basic definition would be that emotions are feelings on the inside, caused by pain or pleasure, trying to move you in a certain direction. Notice that pain or pleasure can bring about an emotion that can have a positive or negative outcome. For example, people who have been diagnosed with an illness and are experiencing painful symptoms, may feel hopeless or depressed. If they allow these emotions to move them away from God’s promise of healing, they may never experience freedom from the illness. In this case, pain is trying to affect their emotions and move them away from what the Word of God says.
The same can be said of pleasure trying to move you in a direction. You may enjoy doing something that isn’t in line with God’s Word, but your emotions tell you, “If it feels good, do it.” Everything that feels good, however, isn’t good for you. Anything that affects your emotions and pushes you away from the will of God needs to be addressed through the Word.
I have often said that when you don’t understand the purpose for something, abuse is inevitable. Understanding what emotions are and where they are supposed to fit in our lives is vital. I have also discovered that one of the main reasons that many people’s lives are out of control and going in the wrong direction is because they are completely governed by their feelings. Like a ship tossed to and fro on the sea by a stormy wind, so are the lives of individuals who don’t know how to properly handle their emotions. Even in my own life, there have been times when I’ve allowed my emotions to stop me from moving in the direction that I knew God was taking me. We have to make sure that we take authority over our emotions, because if our emotions have authority over us, they will most definitely move us away from the will of God for our lives.
This issue of CHANGE Magazine is full of articles designed to help you overcome negative emotions like depression, anger, inferiority, and more, by giving you practical understanding from God’s Word. We pray that you discover the tools you need for victory over negative emotions. Taffi and I love you very much, and we pray that each issue of CHANGE continues to bless your life more and more.
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