Die 18-Dying to Emotions

Today I have the privilege once again to have my sister from Living by Grace be a guest post for us today.  Do you feel like dying to your emotions today?

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My mom says that I was brought in to this world screaming. I was being thrown into a new environment and I was going to let everyone around me know that I was unhappy about it. When I was four, I caught my cat Pepe eating a bird in the backyard. My emotional response of anger at the time was expressed by chasing the furry beast around the yard with a baseball bat threatening to take all nine of its lives. Flash forward to present day and I can still revert to an emotional mess when I find myself in a situation that is uncomfortable or foreign to me.

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Emotions are often considered uncontrollable and are treated as a scapegoat when we want to say or act in ways that we know are not Christ-like. I’m guilty of this, especially when I’m tired or overwhelmed by circumstances that are out of my control.  I tend to lash out at those around me or become negative, when instead I should be taking time to pray about the situation and to think about my words before I speak them.

As much as I would like to claim that my emotional reactions are out of my control it is simply not true. God tells us in Lamentations that His love for us is so powerful there is nothing that can consume us, and yes, this includes our emotions.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

For me, this is definitely one of those “easier said than done” moments. I play tug of war daily with my desire to control my emotions and my sinful urge to say or do whatever my current emotional state encourages me to do. I have found that the only chance that I have of dying to my emotions is to stay firmly planted in God’s word and to maintain a strong prayer life.  Luke 6:45 tells us:

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

It takes a lot less work to respond with patience and a smile when I focus on His grace and love. When you are obedient in your walk with Christ, your heart and mind are filled with His awesome promises and this makes it much easier to praise Him in the midst of an emotional storm.

This is day 18 of the 31 days of Dying to Live.  

Visit this page to see a list of all the posts, updated daily.

The post Dying to Emotions first appeared here at Faith Steps.

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