Disciplining Our Emotions

Just as a run away horse can injure or kill the rider, so can emotions that we lose control of do to us. God doesn’t intend for our emotions to run away with us. Eve gave in to her emotions and Adam joined her. Without God’s help, we will too. Apart from God, John explains in I John 2:16 what drives our emotions: “For all that (is) in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” These are what motivated Eve to disobey God and they do the same to us. God, however, has given us the means to control our emotions. It is the human will! Our wills are to be disciplined by Scripture. Eve rejected God’s Word and failed; we can obey God’s Word and bring our emotions in line. With God’s Word heeded, God’s strength imparted and prayer, we can reign in run away emotions and escape tragedy. Paul, in II Corinthians 10:5, describes the use of the will to subdue sinful emotions: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We will to go by what God says and refuse to yield to the pull of sinful emotions. Fascinatingly, God-given emotions will fill our hearts with pleasure over what God is accomplishing in our lives. John E. Bode has given us the hymn, “O Jesus, I Have Promised.” It is to be our promise as well: “O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend; I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side, nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my guide. O let me feel Thee near me, the world is ever near; I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear; my foes are ever near me, around me and within; but, Jesus, draw Thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin. O let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still, above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will; O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control; O speak, and make me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.” Selah! A disciple (one who knows Jesus as Lord and Savior) will discipline himself or herself to refuse the appeals of I John 2:16 and heed the responsibility we are given in II Corinthians 10:5. Keep a tight rein on your emotions and escape danger!    Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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