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Disaster Pastor

Curt Hencye

Feelings vs Scripture

I don't think emotions/feelings are always bad, nor or they always good. I'll just say feelings meaning both going forward! For instance grief is a process full of all sorts of feelings and grief in and of itself is good and something that we all should go through when someone close to us dies. During out time of grief there will be a lot of feelngs that come up, some will be good to let come out, but others won't.  For instance, say you just feel like crawling into a hole and shutting off from the world and want nothing to do with anything anymore. There are things you would have to do no matter how you felt about them such as taking care of yourself, maybe your kids if you have them, etc.  Not doing what you’re supposed to do, like taking care of your kids, would be a sin.  Not saying you couldn’t get someone else to take care of them, but if they’re little and you just leave them without food and water, etc.

Feelings often times arise out of our circumstances.  For instance you’re driving down the road feeling great, listening to your favorite praise and worship song and all of the sudden somebody pulls out in front of you and comes so close to hitting you that you can’t believe they didn’t.  Immediately your feelings change from happy, joyful, etc, to anger.  So what do you do with your anger?  If you follow your feelings and run the guy off the road, that’s a sin.  Now if he ends up hitting you instead of missing you, you’ll probably be even angrier, but that still doesn’t mean you can jump out of your car and scream and yell at him (sin), but it also doesn’t mean you just say it’s OK, I’ll pay for my damages and yours have a great day!

Feelings are oftentimes indicators of something else that is going on in our lives, heart issues that The LORD wants to deal with.  For instance, if I’m always getting upset with even the smallest things, I should get in The Word and alone with God and see what He has to say about it, come up with a Biblical plan, Psa 119:11-Your Word have I hid in my heart so that I might not sin against You, so memorize verses about anger, trusting God, whatever the real issues is in your life.

We also need to be careful that our feelings don’t dictate what we think about The LORD and His goodness and promises to us.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Heb 13:8.  His promises are true and eternal, etc, regardless of how I feel.

We need to make sure we obey The LORD regardless of how we feel.  Each one must do what he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver, 2 Cor 9:7.  This verse is not saying if we don’t feel like giving to The LORD we don’t have to, that would go against other Scriptures that say we’re supposed to give our tithes and offerings to The LORD.  We’re still supposed to give whether we feel like it or not but as we trust in The LORD if we don’t feel like it, we should become cheerful in it, as that is what God likes.

We’re told several times in Scripture that our peace, joy, etc, all come from The LORD.  Paul said, Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].  Phil 4:4-7.  No matter what, we’re told here to always rejoice in The LORD (doesn’t say if we feel like it), and then Paul tells us again in case we didn’t get it the first time.  We’re not to be anxious or worried about anything, so when we are, that would be sinning because we’re not trusting The LORD!  But instead we’re to go to The LORD with a thankful heart in the midst of the circumstance that we want to worry about!  And then we’ll have God’s peace in our lives, which is way better than anything the world can give us.  God’s peace won’t make sense to us, because our feelings, our hearts, our circumstances tell us that it’s impossible to have peace but God gives it to us anyways when we trust in and obey Him!!

This doesn’t mean that we go around being happy, happy, joy, joy Christians as if nothing is ever going wrong, we never feel bad, etc.  We’re to bear each other’s burdens, pray for one another, etc.  Life is tough, evil is rampant, our circumstances can change in a moment, but God is good, His love and mercy endures forever, and we can trust in Him that when we allow Him to work in our lives, He will take care of us as only He sees fit.

James said that we go through trials and tribulations (not temptations or sins) to perfect us, which means to make us like Christ-James 1.  Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.”-John 16:33

So yes, we’re going to have all kinds of emotions and feelings, good and bad throughout our lives.  We need to be careful about following our feelings, when following them causes us to sin.  Remember sin can be something we do that we aren’t supposed to, but it can also be something we’re supposed to do that we don’t do!  Following our feelings that lead to sin can shipwreck our faith.  We’re not to just trust in The LORD when we feel like it!  We need to always stand firm and trust in The LORD, no matter whether we feel like it or not!

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