Musings on… Emotions

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So I was pondering faith when overridden by emotion, how people will ride the wave of emotion when it comes to worship, God and religion.

Someone said since I hadn’t walked a mile in their shoes I could have no idea how their concept of God is and has changed. [circumstances changed in this scenario to protect–me]:)

While I have not walked a mile in many peoples shoes, I’m becoming much more familiar with other peoples ‘plights’ in life. Even tho I maybe do not know their particular burden, I’ve come to see burdens, and sins, are all the same, just wrapped in different paper, some prettier than others, but still the same.

My empathy grows with each new person I connect with and hear their struggles, especially if I’ve been given the same burden.

My heart breaks to hear people using their emotions to justify their sins.

“Well, God wants me to be happy, so I will divorce my spouse or have an affair”

“God doesn’t care who I love as long as I love, so my same sex attraction [given to me by God] is ok by Him”

“Gambling, eating, drinking is ok, because I’m sad, mad, happy, tired, etc”

“I’m not happy at my church because the music is so dirge-y, hip-hop-y, boring”

“There are no healings, talking tongues, acts of miracles, demon exorcising in this church”

“You are not healed of this addiction, cancer, injury, your faith is not strong enough”

“my life is out of control, I’m so lonely, everyone else is making me miserable, or everyone has it so much better than me”

Has anyone ever said any of these things?

I found this list and thought I would post it: from here

Scripture Dealing with Emotions

Anger

  • Proverbs 15:1
  • Matthew 5:21-26, 43-48
  • Ephesians 4:26,27,31,32
  • James 1:19-21

Anxiety/Worry

  • Psalm 25
  • Luke 12:22-31
  • John 14:1-7
  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • 1 John 4:13-18

Confusion

  • Psalm 37
  • Ephesians 4:14
  • Colossians 2:8
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
  • 1 John 2:3-6; 4:1-3
  • Jude 3,4, 17-25

Depression

  • Psalms 16, 130
  • Lamentations 3:18-24
  • Romans 3:21-26; 5:1-11; 8:31-39
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Hebrews 4:16

Disappointment

  • Psalm 55
  • Jeremiah 15:10-21
  • Matthew 5:1-12

Discouragement

  • Psalms 42, 43, 62
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3,4; 4:1-5:10
  • Philippians 3:12-16; 4:10-13

Doubt

  • Psalms 8, 146
  • Proverbs 30:5
  • Mark 4:35-41
  • John 14:8-14; 20:24-29
  • James 1:5-8

Fear

  • Psalms 27, 46
  • Luke 12:4-7
  • John 6:16-21

Frustration

  • Job 36:1-33
  • Matthew 7:7-11

Jealousy

  • Exodus 20:17
  • Proverbs 23:17; 27:4
  • Romans 13:11-14
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
  • James 3:13-18

Loneliness

  • Psalm 22
  • John 10:14-16, 27-30; 14:15-21

Procrastination

  • Proverbs 18:9; 21:25,26
  • Matthew 25:1-13
  • Titus 3:14

Rejection

  • Psalm 38
  • Isaiah 52:13-53:12
  • Matthew 9:9-13
  • John 15:18-16:4
  • Ephesians 1:3-14
  • 1 Peter 2:4-10

Revenge

  • Leviticus 19:17,18
  • Isaiah 25:1-5
  • Matthew 5:38-42
  • Romans 12:17-21

Sadness

  • Psalm 34
  • John 16:16-24
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-6

Stress

  • Numbers 6:24-26
  • John 14:27
  • 1 Corinthians 1:3
  • Philippians 4:8,9
  • Colossians 3:1-4, 15

Weariness

  • Isaiah 35; 40:28-31
  • Matthew 11:28-30

 

 Faith is an act of the will, not emotions, we can not be tossed to and fro by our emotions of how we feel our big and great God should be. We are to by faithful to Him and His Word.

 We can not live how ever we please and be pleasing to God.

We should not rearrange His Word to fit our life.

We should rearrange our life to obey His commands and desires for us.

Kristina

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2 responses »

  1. Good thoughts, too many people make God what they want him to be to bring acceptance of what they are doing…and I too can catch myslf doing the same. Love you heffa!

  2. This is a really good list. In the back of my mind, I’ve been wanting to write a book called, The Engineer’s Guide to Emotions. This would make a great starting point.

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