Be Free: Emotions Are Not the Enemy

God calls to us. He asks us to pour out our emotions to Him (Psalm 142:1-2). Christ understands hurt and temptation so we can approach His throne to receive grace and mercy when we hurt and stir up strong emotions (Heb. 4:15- 16). Jesus cried (Luke 11:35), felt compassion (Matt. 14:14), became angry (Mark 3:5), rejoiced (Luke 10:21), loved (Mark 10:21), and grieved (Matt. 26:38-39). The Old Testament describes God as angry/wrathful 447 times, compassionate 101 times, loving 44 times, and zealous or jealous 42 times. We know the Holy Spirit can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30-31), so we know the Holy Spirit also has emotions. Emotions are not the enemy. Isolation and hiding from emotions can be the enemy.  

If you have hurt (and everyone has hurt!), spend some time in prayer. Ask the Lord to reveal emotion connected to unhealed hurts. Reflect on how those emotions affect you. Does anger, resentment, or impatience bubble out around certain people and situations? If you know you deal with anger or other emotions but are unsure what causes you to act “like that,” then keep a journal on your emotions for a month. Read over it. See if you can find anything in common when  it comes to “acting like that.” What is the trigger? 

Reflect on the roots of your emotions and behavior. Do you remember the first time you felt frustrated, angry, abandoned, unheard, apprehensive, and nervous?  What was going on in your life and those around you? 

Do certain songs or shows trigger an emotional response? What about those songs or shows that connect to your own strong emotions? 

Allowing yourself to feel and analyze your emotions will go a long way to healing life’s hurts.