Emotional Check Up

Published on Sep 2nd, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Emotional Check Up

Emotional Check Up

If you are driving down the road and a car is riding a little close to your back bumper and you have this uncontrollable urge to slam on your brakes and “teach this creep a little lesson”…you might be in need of an emotional check up. If you find yourself crying because your favorite chef won on Guy’s Grocery Games…you might need an emotional check up. If you find yourself so overwhelmed at the news of the day that you can’t leave your house…it is time for an emotional check up.

One of the blessings of having the Spirit of God living inside of us is that he is able to use the Word of God to keep us balanced and steady. Our daily exposure to the Word of God allows the Spirit of God to speak to our hearts and emotions so that we are not overrun by them. He also uses the Word to teach us which emotions are healthy and which emotions will do us harm. For instance, Eph 4:26 says that it is ok to be angry at some things while Heb 12:15 and Rom 12:19 warn against bitterness and revenge. Sometimes our anger is directed at individuals or groups who have done evil and we desire that some kind of harm be done to them. This too can be a reflection of the character of God as he is a God of wrath and justice (Rom 1:18; Is 30:18). God even tells us to hate evil (Rom 12:9; Prov 8:13). God also protects us by telling us that he will be the one who avenges evil (Rom 12:19) and that he has established government to be his sword (Rom 13:1-4). Through all of us this we also need to remember the great mercy that was shown to us. We pray for God’s justice or his mercy to be done.

The Word of God also speaks to our emotions when we begin to feel as if the world is just spinning out of control. Those times when we are so frightened that leaving the house is a chore. Or those times when we are watching the news and our hearts are so burdened by the sin that seems to be running free. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Is 41:10) is such a beautiful reminder of the presence of God and his promise to strengthen us just when we need it. Here is a truth that helps me put my emotions back into their correct place, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Prov 19:21). It is such a comfort to know that God is always in control and that his plan will never fail. God has also allowed us the privilege of going on the offensive. We do not have to sit back and cower. John 1:5 assures us that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”. Jesus is the light and he has saved us and has given us the light. He tells us “you are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5:14,16). What a blessing to know that we do not have to be passive in this battle against evil and that the good we do can overcome evil (Rom 12:21).

James 1:2-8 states that God desires to give us wisdom so that we will not be “like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind” or “unstable in all our ways”. For years I have clung to those verses as a promise that by trusting God I will be stable in my beliefs. I will not waffle in what I believe during difficult times. Lately I have been clinging to those verses as a promise of emotional stability as well. We all need the wisdom of God to keep our emotions in their proper place. This is not heaven…yet. Life can be very difficult as we live in this fallen world. It is possible though, with the Spirit of God and the Word of God, to live courageously and lovingly while still standing for good and against evil.

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