Don’t Follow Your Emotions. Follow God

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it. -Jeremiah 17:9 ESV

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it.”-Jeremiah 17:9 ESV

Your feelings aren’t necessarily true and you DO have control over them.

It’s hard to ignore the power of your feelings. Modern media encourages this thinking with phrases like, “follow your heart,” but God advises to be mindful of what your heart tells you.

Not all emotions are harmful. The Bible tells of at least 20 emotions Jesus felt including affection, anguish, anger, compassion, distress, grief, gladness, indignation, joy, love, peace, sadness, sympathy, and weariness.

But Jesus didn’t allow others to control His emotions. No one can MAKE you angry; no one can MAKE you love them; no one can MAKE you worry, and no one can MAKE you happy. Guard your heart and let only God influence your feelings.

Make the decision to react or respond in ways that bring honor to God. Choose the fruits of the spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

When you let God drive your decisions and reactions, peace begins to blossom. You become more grounded, the negative turns positive, and joy fills your heart. Compare your emotions to the Word of God. If the two don’t agree, your heart is deceiving you just as the Bible warns.

Prayer Focus

  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring you the wisdom to know the truth in situations and circumstances when emotions may be confusing.
  • Pray that your actions will be in line with the word of God and reflect His love.
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