I have been learning what it means to live above my emotions. We were created as emotional beings. There's so many circumstances, situations, events, that can cause a wide range of emotions on any given day. Of course we have the basic emotions, happy, sad, mad, and then we can add to that elated, excited, hopeful, anxious, worried, depressed, broken, disappointed, angry, livid, frustrated, irritated, confused, proud, concerned, etc.
Let me say this before I dive into what's on my heart. I am not against emotions or feeling emotions. I'm against letting our emotions rule how we live. My emotions should not be allowed to dictate how I act, The Word of God and the Holy Spirit must be the indicator of how to act in every situation!
I have seen in myself how negative emotions can cause me to be distracted from what God is doing and wants to do in my life, I have seen how negative emotions can trick me into believing the lies of the enemy.
Today I decided to do a little experiment. I decided I would count how many times I had the "opportunity" to have "negative" emotions. To me negative emotions are any emotions that are in contradiction with what the Word says are the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.
I'm at 13 and it's only 10:45... well let's be honest, I'm sure I missed a few too!!
No one is exempt from opportunities to "feel" negatively. Whether it be getting offended, getting your feelings hurt, getting upset, angry, bitter, resentful, disappointed, jealous, worried, etc.
So, here is what God has been teaching me. It's about learning to act, say, and do right even when it doesn't "feel" right. The question is not did I let that upset me? The question is how did I act while I was upset! Did I forget what the Lord has called me to do? Did I forget the way Christ lived? Did I "speak my mind"? Did I act abruptly with those around me? OR... Did I continue on as nothing had happened? Did I continue to flow out of love, joy, peace, patience, kindess, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control?
As we learn to act right even when it doesn't feel right, you'll begin to see that you'll start "feeling" right too.
When someone does something wrong towards me, I don't even waste my time getting offended or angry because I know that I can't act on those feelings anyway. We have to learn to monitor our emotions!! Do you know what your feeling and how your feelings are affecting your actions?
God has told me that I can live above my emotions. Look at Isaiah 40:31. "Those whose hope is in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint"
I am determined to not live based off of my emotions, but rather the Word of God. I will CHOOSE to live out of the fruits of the Spirit and not what I "feel".
I have a "feeling" there will be a part 2 to this :) Be Blessed, J. Tate