To deny, criticize or denounce our emotions is not godly. Believers in Christ with a renewed mind ought to be grateful to have Christ’s emotions. When we read the bible, Romans 12:1 and 2, the Holy Spirit is instructing the saints to first submit their bodies as holy and acceptable vessels unto God. Next, He instructs the believer to not conform to the familiar things he or she were formerly socialized with. But rather allow his or her mind to be transformed to Christ’s conscious.
The mind simply is another way of saying: 1) the emotion, 2) the imagination, 3) the reason, 4) the conscious and or 5) the unconscious. These are processes of the limbic system located the amygdala part of the brain. This is the emotional center of the brain. Let’s continue to concentrate on our emotions.
According to medical science and noted neurologist Antonio R. Damasio, “emotions are more or less the complex reactions the body has to certain [external] stimuli.” For example, when a person becomes afraid after having been diagnosed with cancer, his or her heart palpitates. Then they begin to sweat. Subsequently, anxiety or fear may set in. Dr. Damasio asserts, “[t]his emotional reaction occurs automatically and unconsciously. Feelings occur after we become aware in our brain of such physical changes; only then do we experience the feeling of fear.” Read Matthew 21:12-13 regarding Jesus’s anger.
Notice how the emotions and parts of the body are interrelated. One affects the other because they are associated with each other. Note: The doctor mentioned “feelings.” We must understand that feelings are mental associations, and reactions ignited by one’s emotions. For example, I “love” Father God! Love is an emotion, rooted in my Christ-like spiritual DNA. This occurred when I was born again. I feel that love because of “my personal experience or relationship” with Him. My love or this emotion for Jesus is played out in my mind, which is equivalent to my feelings, i.e., personal experience with Him. My feelings from my emotions are thereby seen in my worship, praying, and or praise dancing.
In one aspect, if a person’s emotions are denounced, stunted, suppressed, ungoverned or simply negative, certain parts of the body will become dis-eased! Sadly, this is what happens to a believer’s spirit when he or she is vilified, scoffed at for being emotional or told that God is not [all that] emotional. In other words, the likelihood for a believer to experience or develop a Christ-like spirit becomes distorted or shattered. The mind is subject to remain untransformed or worldly. All because it was told not to be emotional.
Conversely, we should thank our Lord God for our ability to feel emotions. They are a gift from Him. Like a loving Father, He instructs His sons to love Him with all of their heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37).
A believer who’s led by a Christ conscious knows how to steward or manage better his or her emotions. As disciples or ministry equippers in the Body of Christ, this should be taught to those who are going through the spiritual maturation process.
The way to manage one’s emotions is to grow in the things of God. We are to mature, supernaturally as individuals. The power of the Holy Spirit—the One who produces in us self-control (Galatians 5:23, James 1:20) will aid each believer in governing his or her emotions. To add, daily input of scriptural principles is a necessity. Reading the Gospels, and afterwards daily applying those scriptures to one’s life, along with cultivating a desire to grow in the knowledge of God, as well as time spent meditating on God’s attributes (Ephesians 1:17-18) will help the believer to recognize their emotions. It is then he or she will be able to bring that feeling of fear, anger, stress, anxiety (1 Peter 5:7), joy, peace, love, etc. to God (Psalm 55:22, Isaiah 26:3).
With submitted hearts, we can allow our loving Father to do His perfect work in us as we direct our actions or behavior to be pleasing for His Glory, and good pleasure. Nothing pleases me more than to write my blogs, dance for the Lord or to make a joyful noise unto Him! Overall, I desire to live a fulfilled life in Him!
Yah©bahne 2017 copywriter