Are they valid?
Are they something to rule our lives?
Are they something that should guide our decisions?
Our feelings can change at the drop of a hat, tune of a song or embrace of a friend. So can we even trust our own feelings if they are so quickly changing?
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In Proverbs 28:26 it tells us if we trust in our hearts we are fools. Proverbs 12:15 says the way of the fool is right in his own eyes.
God gave us our feelings and emotions. They are not evil by themselves, but what we allow our thoughts to dwell on may be negative and causing an unhealthy overload of negative emotions.
Our feelings can be, at times, scary, confusing and even dangerous to our health. Strong, evil emotions may lead to adultery, killing, stealing and other evils.
At other times they may be full of love, happiness, joy and peace.
I don't believe God intended for our feelings to guide us. God wants to be our guide. Our feelings should not be what drives our decisions. We must put our trust in what God says and check our feelings at the door with what the Word of God says.
We live in a world where you can do whatever "feels right" to you as long as you are not hurting anyone else. I think it's important to set aside our feelings, search the scriptures and seek the voice of God in our decision making.
We must learn to handle our feelings. I always try to remember Philippians 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 when dealing with my feelings and thought process.
Philippians 4: KJV "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV "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."
Sometimes I can't help the way I feel but I can help how I react to those feelings. I can submit them to God and His will for my life. By doing that I'm honoring God.
There is a bible verse or bible story for what you are feeling or going through. Search the scriptures, renew your mind by reading God's word and choose to let what God's word says to guide you.
Check your feelings at the door.
More than Blessed,
Faith Along the Way, Kaylene Yoder @ Faithful Feat