One of the lies that the world tells us is to rely on our feelings. We are told to trust our gut or go with our instinct whenever we are faced with a major decision. The problem with relying on our emotions is that we are relying on ourselves to get us through difficult situations. For many of us, relying on our feelings is one of the many things that caused our lives to spiral out of control. God has engineered our lives so that we depend on Him, and not ourselves.
God designed our emotions to be a gauge, not a guide. Our emotions are meant to give us an indication of where our hope is. Our emotions are vital but not separate from our recovery walk with God. We were given our emotions for a reason. All through the Bible, we read about emotions. In scripture, God is telling us it’s good to have emotions. He also lets us know that it’s not good to rely solely on our emotions and make them an idol.
Learning to use our emotions as a gauge instead of a guide is a process. We lived the lie of “if it feels good, do it” all our lives. Emotional recovery happens when we begin to understand the damage that was caused by relying on ourselves instead of Christ. In recovery, we learn that feelings are not facts, not reality just because we feel them. Christ is our guide, and He will lead us to what is real.
Written by Jackell.