Happy Tuesday to you all! I am beat. It’s hotter and dryer than a lizard’s throat in the middle of the desert here lol! I’ve been busy working so I haven’t had time as I desire to post on here.
I’ve been trying to reach out more to my readers because I want to hear what you guys have to say and not be “stingy with the microphone” to speak figuratively. In other words, I want to be a blessing to you all and be able to accept certain topics you want to hear about as well. A wonderful follower and reader, “Grace Abounds”, thought that dealing with emotions would be a nice topic to talk about and I wholeheartedly agree.
Emotions are natural. No man or woman has ever lived without them. Emotions can be good in a sense because it makes inexplicable things explicable when we apply emotion to it. If I just said “I’m sad,” with a straight face you’d think something was seriously wrong with me lol. But if I say that very same thing and you see tears welling in my eyes, you are then able to connect with me because you can relate to this emotion.
The term “actions speak louder than words” is talking about attitude and emotions on a deeper level. You don’t have to say “I’m angry, Kelli” for me to know you’re angry. Your body language and demeanor will speak for itself and I can infer how you feel. That’s the beautiful thing about how God created us. We don’t have to say these things in order to express or display them.
The bible talks about emotion in sooooooo many ways.
“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 KJV
Jonah 4 – There is a wealth of emotion displayed in this chapter by the Lord’s Prophet, Jonah. It kind of tickled me too because he’s so angry that the Lord was merciful to the people of Nineveh that he wants to just die.
John 3:16- this proves God’s love for us. Love is very much an emotion as well and God has shown it at its greatest.
There are various other examples of emotion in the bible, but I just named a few to get to the point.
A wise person once told me that, “We have to endure things in life, because those experiences shape us.”
Imagine not enduring anything. Sounds nice, but you wouldn’t have much of a character. The big question is how do we essentially deal with emotions?
This is something everyone is continuously learning. We can’t expect to have emotions nailed. Just when you think you have them under control, that’s when life throws you one of its curveballs. I want to use Jonah’s example.
Jonah was very angry that God was merciful to the Ninevites. In fact, that was his entire reason for rebellion. Jonah’s people and the people of Nineveh were enemies. Jonah was no stranger to their history. Kind of like when you see one of your arch nemesis and you give them the ugliest side eye you can. That’s how Jonah felt about those Ninevites. Like how your nose turns up to garbage? Jonah looked at the Ninevites that way 😂. Some of you may feel the same about someone too.
What’s so unique is that Jonah can be applied to us today. Jonah was so into his feelings that he was allowing them to takeover him completely; causing him to rebel against what the Lord had told him to do. The Lord told Jonah to prophesy to the people of Nineveh that they might turn from their evil ways (See Jonah 1). However, Jonah didn’t want God to be merciful to them. In fact he was so angry that God forgave them, that he wanted to die! That’s some serious emotion! Ephesians 4:26 tells us to be angry and sin not. This is a direct quote about not letting your feelings get in the way of obedience. Be careful with your anger!
So, Jonah was angry AND sinning because he would not do what he was told. Jonah could have expressed to the Lord his emotions and asked for help with dealing with them. But then again, it seems a lot easier said than done.
God gave us emotions. We aren’t robots. Nonetheless, its up to us to ask God to help us get ourselves out the way. We are our worst enemies. Speaking from experience, you can be in your own way. You can be blocking God’s shifting in your life because you’re too caught up in how you feel. Believe me I know what it’s like to feel down. But just like the Israelites, you can be only a few steps from your blessing but we act so awful that it can take years for us to receive it. Not that God is a withholding God, but because these are valuable lessons. Like I said earlier, things shape us into who we are.
If you are having trouble dealing with how you feel about a situation. I urge you every single day to go to God about it. He will hear you every single time. You can get in trouble like Jonah did because God may be telling you to do something and you won’t because the devil is filling your head with emotional thoughts. God is the most understanding person you could ever talk to because he of course created you. You have a handy dandy handbook (the bible) to guide you with your emotions, and the Lord himself.
I hope this helps someone understand that emotions are nothing new. Dealing with them however should be a daily practice.
God loves you and so do I.