There’s an old saying in recovery that says, “Emotions are like children, you can’t let them drive the car and you can’t stuff them in the trunk.” Emotions are a vital part of our walk with Christ and our recoveries but we can’t let our emotions be the deciding factor for our judgments and behaviors. We listen to our emotions but we also realize that our feelings may not be reality.
Just because we feel something does not make it fact. This is where a lot of us get stuck. We act on our feelings without first testing them to ensure that they match up with reality. Many of us have been disconnected from our emotions for a long time and when we start to feel, we act on our feelings before we explore where the feelings originated. We first learn to open ourselves up to having emotions and then we learn how to examine them before acting.
God has emotions also. The Bible speaks about God feeling a wide range of emotions. We are made in God’s image, so that’s why we have emotions. Scripture says, “We love because God loved us first.” All the emotions we feel are because God gave those emotions to us. It’s even okay to feel anger providing we don’t let it fester and become resentment. Having resentments is a form of being addicted to a feeling. We stop being a slave to our emotions and we allow God to be our Master.
Written by Jackell.