How are you feeling right now? Mad? Sad? Glad? Bad? Sometimes we have to stop and identify our gut reaction to an event or circumstance in our lives. Why? Because it matters to our spiritual health.
God wants us to love Him with our total beings: mind, soul, mind, strength. That “soul” part is emotional. In my soul-focused journey, here’s what I am figuring out so far:
Feelings . . .
. . . help us become aware of God’s specially-designed ways of calling each of us to Himself.
. . . encourage us to do more of what leads us toward God and joy.
. . . lead us to do less of what leads to sorrow and anxiety.
. . . help us see the difference between good and evil influences.
. . . bring vitality to intimate times with Christ.
One thing that helps me to learn from my emotions is to find time in the evening to review the events of the day in God’s presence asking questions like these:
- When today did I feel most alive?
- Was there a time when God felt especially close?
- What activity or event brought about the deepest emotional response?
Then, I ask myself these questions:
- What did I observe today that must be faced, embraced, or acted upon?
- What do I feel God is calling me to do more of? Less of?
Emotions are one part of the way in which God directs our lives. Our feelings matter to us and they matter to Him.
So, what are you feeling today?
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” – – Helen Keller
Love this, Bev. I tend to live a lot without feelings…and when I know I have let a little emotion into my day…honestly…my soul sings! Thanks for reminding me that He gives us permission to let our feelings rise and uses our emotions to direct us.
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Amen! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I love your idea of our souls singing!
Feelings tell us much about ourself. Knowing our self helps us to be open and honest before God and openness and honesty bring us into a place where the Holy Spirit can reach us. Hope this makes sense.
Agreed. We often don’t even realize that we are presenting a “false self” to God. He knows and loves the real people we are. Thanks for your insight!
Thanks Bev, for your insightful suggestions on learning from our emotions. I’ll definitely try it! Shalom, Gail
I keep learning to pay attention! I know you are doing the same. . .