Human emotion, or sinful response?

Our culture seems to teach that our emotions define us, and that we and our emotions are the same. I’ve heard it said that we should not try to bottle up our emotions, but instead, we should “Be real.” Interesting enough, God does not call us to “Be real” he calls us to be Christlike.

Emotions are an innate part of being human, and emotions aren’t all bad. It is up to us to determine if something we are feeling is human or sinful. One sinful response to a situation is worry.

Worry is a result of fear. It’s that nagging anxious wondering if everything will be alright. When we feel this way, we are in direct opposition to God’s will and plan for our lives.

The Bible tells us in Philippians, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

The word “careful” isn’t referring to safety, it means to be full of cares. To be anxious. To be worrisome. God says that nothing should fill us with worry. But in everything we should ask God our desires from a spirit of thanksgiving.

Worrying is not an excusable human tendency, nor is it a personality type. It’s not something we can push aside and say, “That’s just how I am.” Worrying comes from a heart that disbelieves God. A heart that refuses to trust in His promises.

I challenge you, if you struggle with worry, turn to God right now and confess your fault to Him. Ask God to help you to trust Him, and live in His peace. Ask Him to meet the needs that concern you or resolve the problems you see. Thank Him for His goodness in your life and all He has provided. Lastly, trust His Word! Know that His promises are true, and He will be working everything to the good of those who love Him!

If you will do this, He promises that, “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

 

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