Many times in the past we were guided by what we felt. If it felt good, we did it. If it didn’t feel good, we didn’t do it. The world tells us we have to trust our feelings. Our feelings, we are told, are what help to guide us through life. But if we are going by our feelings, we can be fooled. Many times our feelings will tell us to not rock the boat, to go along with whatever everyone else is doing. We used our feelings as our guide through life and then wondered why our lives were so unmanageable.
At one time, we would have been paralyzed by fear. We would have avoided difficult conversations. Our addictions and compulsions grew and became monsters. In the end, we were enslaved by the patterns of this world.
In Christ-centered recovery, we learn to rely on the fact that God is in control. When we attempt to take control we make a mess of things. Instead of going through life being a slave to our feelings, we learn to trust in God. We learn to stop listening to our feelings and start living in faith.
Feelings are not fact. They are just feelings. God gave us our feelings to help us grow closer to Him. Our feelings were never meant to lead us to a life of self-destruction and misery.
Written by Jackell