Responding in the Midst of Emotion

Emotions are fleeting, inconsistent, deceptive, manipulative, and powerful. As emotional beings, we tend to view things through the lens of emotion. When you are in the middle of something, your emotions affect how you view the very thing you are involved in.

Since we are emotional beings, how do we live in a way where our emotions don’t control us? First, we must recognize that they don’t have the power to control us. They can only influence us to the extent we allow them to. Second, we must glue our eyes to God’s Word. Emotions are deceptive; therefore, we must combat lies with truth. Emotions influence us to believe lies like: “God doesn’t love me,” “I am not good enough,” “I am all alone,” “I need revenge,”  “I should just give up.” These are just a few of the lies we speak to ourselves in the midst of emotion. Many times, when we go through something like losing a loved one, a difficult marriage, health issues, broken relationships, betrayal, or depression, our emotions will lie to us saying that “God isn’t with you. If he loved you, how could he let this happen? He doesn’t really love you. To him, you are a worthless piece of junk.”

Emotions are powerful because we are emotional beings. If we allow our emotions to go unchecked for too long, the lies they speak become reality to us. It will change the way we view a situation and ultimately change how we act. Whenever we sense our emotions influencing us in a situation, we must take a step bake, gain perspective and look to God’s Word.

Many of us are put in situations where things don’t go our way. It’s as if God just left you, and now you’re all alone. The situation doesn’t make logical sense and for some reason you can’t feel God anymore. In those moments, when our emotions are overwhelming to say the least, how must we respond? We must respond by going to God’s Word.

The only way to combat lies is with truth. For example, whenever we start believing the lie that we are alone and God doesn’t love us, we can turn to verses like Zephaniah 3:17. This verse says that “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” When our emotions tell us that we’re alone and not loved by God, this verse reminds us of the truth that he does love us and sings over us with happiness and excitement. When emotions relentlessly hound us with lies, we must look to God’s Word for truth. Read it, study it, meditate on it, and memorize it. Arm yourselves with truth so that when lies attack you, you are able to stand firm.

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