11th January 2018

Who Is In Charge?

“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.”
Proverbs 29:11 (NKJV)

We all have emotions, and we all need to learn how to manage them. Emotions can be positive or negative. They can make us feel wonderful or awful. They can make us excited and enthusiastic, or sad and depressed. They can give us courage or they can cause us to shrink in fear.

Feelings and emotions are a central part of being human, and that is fine. Unfortunately, most people live according to the way they feel. They do what they feel like doing, say what they feel like saying, and buy what they feel like buying. And that is not fine, because human feelings are not the same as Godly wisdom. Romans 6:16 (NIV) tell us “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

Feelings can change frequently and without notice. Since feelings are unreliable, we must not allow them to direct our lives. We can be aware of our feelings and acknowledge their legitimacy without necessarily acting on them. God has given us wisdom though the power of the Holy Spirit. In Romans 6, it goes on to say, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (verses 17-18 NIV). We should allow Him to lead us and help us to control our emotions.

Wisdom includes common sense. It involves making choices now that we will be satisfied with later. Wisdom also entails discernment, prudence, and discretion. Emotions on the other hand, often cause us to overlook common sense and prudence.

Emotions are important, and learning to express them in appropriate ways is also important. Let us all aim to manage our emotions and not to let them manage us.

Prayer
Father God, thank you for giving us emotions, please help us to express them in appropriate ways that are helpful to ourselves and to others.
Amen

Study by Allan Frankcom

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About the Author:
Allan Frankcom is on the Pastoral Council of the Bristol Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace communion International. He and his wife, Julie, have attended the Bristol Church for over 30 years.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
EMMERSONS GREEN
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email: jf007d9991@blueyonder.co.uk

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