Controlling Our Emotions
Proverbs 16:32 ESV - Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Emotions can be a terrible thing or great thing. Emotions can be positive or negative. A negative emotion is when you strike a child out of anger or your boss, parent or someone else become so emotional that they say or do things that they would not do had they controlled their feelings like grab a gun and shoot someone. Emotions like, hate, anger, unhappiness, rejection and hopelessness are very negative and detrimental.
We need to find a way to replace those negative emotions with positive emotions like Love, Joy, happiness and excitement.
What does the Bible really say about emotion? Ephesians 4:26 (ESV) be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. God knows as humans we are going to have all kinds of emotions, he showed emotions himself but he wants his children to control their emotions.
Emotions like fear can make you end up doing the wrong thing and that makes the Devil happy. He knows his time is coming to an end and he is going to use every trick he can come up with to make that last effort to gain control of your soul. Are you going to fall into that trap? Do you have to react every time someone says something or does something you don’t approve of? It is not a sign of weakness to change the subject, walk away or pray for that individual.
Don’t let your emotions get Out-of-control. The way to control your emotions is to control your mind by reading the scriptures on a daily basis, praise and worship. When you do this the Holy Spirit can intervene and bring about positive emotions. When we immerse ourselves in the Bible, we arm ourselves with the only effective weapon against out-of-control emotions. This way we will be able to finally control our emotions instead of them controlling us.
Ann M. Hampton, P.S.