Emotions in Charge | The Covenant

Notes for Weeks 5 & 6 of The Covenant Core Group

No matter how clearly the Bible shows us what is right and wrong, most of us today have a hard time knowing how to handle our emotions, and we let them dictate what we do.

The two mistakes we tend to make with our emotions are:

  1. We let them rule us, or

  2. We suppress them (pretend they aren’t there)

Both of those options hurt us. Suppressing your emotions is just as bad as giving in to them, because eventually after being bottled up too long, they explode and you end up doing something that even you don’t understand.

So how should we view our emotions?

Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Notice self-control closing out the list of the fruit of the Spirit. Your emotions are a normal, God-given part of your nature. Some of us have stronger emotions than others, but we all have them….and God wants us all to control them. He gave them to us as a signal for what’s going on inside of us. Think of your emotions as your 5-year-old child.

We would all want our 5-year-old child to be:

  • happy

  • well-adjusted

  • taken care of

So if you have your 5-year-old out somewhere and it’s 2 hours past his bedtime, and he asks for ice cream, and you tell him no, and he throws a tantrum, you just deal with it. It’s frustrating, but you’re not going to get too worried. Take him home and put him to bed.

On the other hand, if your 5-year-old is constantly angry, or breaking down crying, or scared of everything, that’s an indication that something is really wrong. As a good parent, you’ll want to listen to him to get to the bottom of what the problem is.

But under NO circumstances would you let your angry 5-year-old drive your car!

….and isn’t that what we do with our emotions? God wants us to listen to those emotions, be honest about them, and bring them to Him. But we throw our emotions the keys to the car, give them a couple credit cards, and unfortunately sometimes we even ask them whether we should stay in our marriage.


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