Emotions, you are probably asking why would she write about emotions? I guess because last week was very emotional. A good friend passed away from cancer and my emotions were all over the place. It seemed like I could cry at the drop of a hat and other times I could laugh. There were also a few times I was agitated and for some reason my emotions brought up other emotions of things I didn't know were bothering me. Wow I felt like I was on a roller coaster and I HATE roller coasters. Needless to say, I had to do a lot of praying and reading the Word to obtain stability and peace again.
Because of all this I started thinking about human emotions quite a bit. Here is the definition from the dictionary.
Emotion: 1) Strong generalized feeling 2) any specific feeling; any of various complex reactions with both psychical ( psychic- of the mind, the soul, spirit) and physical manifestations as love, hate, fear anger.
I believe God gave us the ability to have emotions so that we could connect with him and with other people. Emotions help us to feel with our mind. The feeling in our mind makes it possible for us to reach out and touch or hug another human. The emotional connection with another person enables us to love and serve people and truly miss them when they are gone.
Other emotions can be harmful such as fear, hate and anger. These emotions can cripple us and cause us to make unsound decisions. In this case we should not act on what we feel, but calm down, think and pray. Many of us regret things we have said or done in that state of mind. We know God forgives, but not all humans do. I guess that is why my Mom always said " Don't be too quick to judge, you never know what that person is going through." It is very easy to say and do things that are driven by how we feel. When someone is rude, we rarely take into consideration what might be happening in that person's life. When our emotions are out of control, or we are dealing with a person having a rough day, we can turn to God in prayer and meditate on his word for the peace we need.
Jesus himself faced emotional anguish on the Mount of Olives prior to his arrest and execution. He knew what his fate was and his human side felt every bit of it.
Luke 22: 42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
He asked God to spare Him of this but He did not turn and run. Because of His plea God sent an angel to strengthen Him. But Jesus continued to pray harder and harder until He had peace and accepted His fate. It also gives us a clue of how emotionally distraught He was; and his sweat was like drops of blood.
What does all this mean to us? We are going to face hard and difficult situations that will make us emotional. The Lord is waiting to give us peace and get us through each and every situation If we only ask for His help. John 14: 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
I pray that this Easter will not just be a once a year reminder of what Christ did for us, but a daily reflection on an extremely emotional and powerful event that changed everything.
Thank you Lord.
May God Bless you and your family this Easter with peace and love and may you look to Him for the strength you need.
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.