Feelings and Emotions

It is funny how certain fundamental principles keep popping up over and over again. One of those principles is, “You don’t have to act the way you feel.” In fact, if you do, you are going to mess up your life, and the lives of those you love.

During these days of pandemics, woke culture, mask mandates, vaccine mandates, crazy inflation it is very easy to get emotional about current events in our life, and about our own experiences and circumstances.

Emotions are normal and expected, both the highs and the lows, the angry and the sad, and the positive and the negative. The problem comes when we make choices, act, and treat people according to how we feel. Children do that and we are not surprised when they do, they are children, but many adults are behaving like children in our unpredictable culture.

The key to acting right when we don’t feel like it is to follow principles and guidelines, here are half a dozen simple, but good ones.

1. Always obey Ephesians 4:29 – Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only words that edify, honor, and give grace to those who hear.

2. If we don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive us.

3. God is in charge, He knows what He is doing, trust Him.

4. Always obey Philippians 4:4, “rejoice always.”

5. Always obey Philippians 2:14, “grumble about nothing.”

6. Guard yourself against speaking slander and gossip, it is easy to do, and it feels so good, but God hates it and consequences will follow.

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