Monday, January 21, 2013


Psalm 139:23-24
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way."

God created us as emotional beings (we even  see His own emotions throughout Scripture). True, we are not to be led only by our emotions, but neither are we to shut them off. An indicator God has shown me as to whether or not my emotions are “right” is the motive behind the emotion. God always checks the heart. If my emotion is fueled by a total focus upon myself, it is born of pride. As soon as I lose focus on His glory, my emotions - and my thoughts - are subject to lead me astray.

Though we may try, we cannot simply shut off our sinful emotions. God does, however, gives us the power to overcome them - but how? He has shown me redirecting my focus is absolutely key. If I am afraid someone is going to hate me because of something I say, where is my focus? It’s on myself, and wanting to be loved and accepted. Wanting to be loved and accepted isn’t a bad thing - but why I am seeking it from man first? This is placing my fear in man.

But “who am I that I am afraid of man who dies and of the son of man who is made like grass, that I have forgotten the Lord my Maker[?]” (Isaiah 51:12b-13a - I changed all the you's to I's.) Rather, I should “fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28) Namely, God. (You can see more on this in Weekly Impressions - Fear.) By redirecting my focus - and in this case, at least, my emotion, fear - upon the One who sustains me, I can align myself with His will through His Divine Power.

Emotions can be Warning Signals of a strayed focus. They can also be indicators we are on the right path. The key is to examine the motive behind it - and be honest with yourself. “‘The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind...’” (Jeremiah 17:9-10a). Ask God to reveal your heart to you. He will... and it isn’t always easy to face.

I am thankful for emotions, that God gave them to us for a reason. I am glad God does not wish us to stuff them, nor to boast in them, but to use them for His glory. May we fix our eyes upon Jesus.

What takes your focus off of God? What brings your focus back to Him?


  1. What a great post. Thank you for sharing. I agree with everything you said and I am glad we have a God that will reveal the true meaning of our emotions to us when we ask. The fact is I do not believe we can be a Christian without having active emotions. I would not want to live in a world without love, sadness, being happy, bonding, wishing better things for others more than yourself. Just one more thing I thank the trinity for.

    God Bless and thanks again.


  2. Thank you, Stephen. Your comment reminds me of a quote I heard from Martin luther: "We are saved by faith alone, but not by faith that is alone." I think that James 2:18 runs along a similar vein: "But someone may well say, 'You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.'" I think emotions are one of the tools that the Holy Spirit uses in us to help act out our faith. :)