Feelings are Not Facts.

Our feelings. 

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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What does the bible say about our feelings?


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, 

Starla J. 

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35 comments:

  1. Starla, this was a great reminder to let go of self and to fully trust and submit to THE LORD. The truth is sometimes our feelings will lead us astray. Thank GOD for the protection and guidance of THE HOLY SPIRIT. Thank you for sharing this! I'm visiting from Grace & Truth Linkup and so glad I did! Infinite blessing to you, Love! :-)

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  2. I heard someone say a long time ago: "What would you do to a friend who lied to you as often as your feelings have."
    I've never forgotten that good counsel. Truth is from God.

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  3. Starla, as a Christian neuropsychologist, I often teach that our feelings are just the consequence of our beliefs. You are so right that they are not the truth. When we believe the lies the enemy whispers to us, our feelings follow suit. When we believe God's truth, our feelings also follow suit. So whose voice are we going to listen to? Great post.

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  4. Exactly right, Starla! This is something I have to continuously remind myself of. Feelings are the servant, not the master. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Amen! "Right feelings follow right actions," is a good rule of thumb too! Thank you for this clear and timely reminder!

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  6. Wow - great article on how we should NOT be guided by our own feelings (which I don't know how many times a day I do unfortunately) but on God! This was good - truly enjoyed it!

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  7. i loved this!!! I love how you put the words together.

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  8. It's so true, our feelings only get us into trouble. It's such a hard thing, but I'm learning to think before I react. Most importantly I started praying before I do anything and things seem to be so much better in my life because of it.

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  9. Great reminder. We get so caught up in this life that it is easy to forget to look to God for confirmation. When I get upset or overwhelmed I like to get quiet for a bit, before expressing those feelings. Pray, meditate on them, let them marinate, then decide whether to voice them. It works. It doesn't mean I don't have times where the words are crawling over my skin, but it means that I don't lash out in anger, or hurt. Thanks for the bible verses to go with this situation. It will help.

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  10. Our feelings are vulnerable to the work of the Enemy. That is why God warns us not to operate out of our emotions (tainted by the Devil) and to meditate on his words/will/wisdom and act from there. At some point, the things we do should be mostly divorced of our feelings to be in true submission to what God calls us to do. Good post... you got me thinking! Blessings~

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts Meredith!

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  11. This is so true! We can't help our feelings, but we can choose what to dwell on. When we turn our focus to the truths of the the Word, and ask for help from God, then we can change the way we react to those feelings. Thank you for sharing these encouraging words.

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  12. This is so true. I always like to say that we are not our feelings. I can feel angry but that does not make me an angry person. I can feel depressed, but that does not make me a depressed person. Thank you for the reminder. Found you at Inspired Bloggers.

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  13. Such sound advice. Emotions certainly have the ability of changing our decisions.

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  14. I an confident that anyone that believes a bit of the religious nonsense is either deluded, a liar, or a con artist. There isn't an iota of proof for any of it. It's only feelings and wishful thinking.

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    1. Thanking you for taking the time to ready post and comment. I'm convinced opposite of what you are saying. In all respect, I pray for you .

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  15. Sometimes I "feel" like the battlefield of my mind is based in "feelings" - of hurt, frustration, saddness - and I have to give those feelings over to God. There are days I "feel" insignificant - but God has told me, that to Him, I am not insignificant - I am His beloved daughter. Wise post:)

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  16. That is a nice piece you've written. Our feelings cannot rule our actions nor should they.

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  17. What a great post and gentle reminder. Thank you got sharing!

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  18. As I started reading your post I instantly thought of Philippians 4! I always go back to that verse whenever I start to feel overwhelmed emotionally. Thank you for calling out the "Do what feels right" mentality. Sometimes God calls us to step out and do things even when we're scared. We can't be guided by our emotions. Great post!

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  19. There is so much wisdom in this post, Starla!

    It makes me think of LOVE. Love is a feeling, but it is also a choice. Sometimes loving others comes naturally and other times, we love out of obedience to God's call on our lives. Feelings and emotions can be a wonderful thing, but often we need to overcome them with obedience when they threaten to lead us down the wrong path.

    Thanks for sharing this important reminder that we need to trust God Word over our own feelings.

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  20. Starla, I would love to feature this post at the next Grace & Truth this Friday. Could you please add a link back? Thanks dear! Love you!

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  21. Thank you for this wonderful post full of God's Truth, Starla! Feelings can be such a wonderful thing, or the worst curse. I love how you point us back to scripture and what it has to say about being ruled by our feelings. I am blessed by this gentle reminder (so glad I was prompted by the Spirit to click this blog post link via Grace & Truth linkup)!

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  22. Amen! A speaker at our teen ministry Sunday night illustrated it this way. There is a train. The engine is facts (the Word). The cargo car is our faith. Our faith follows the facts. Finally, the caboose is our feelings, which follows our faith and the facts. When we try to let the caboose (our feelings) lead, the train goes off the rails. :)

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  23. Starla,

    This is a key concept in the wholesome way we respond to things in our life, isn't it? Understanding that our feelings are merely indicators of something we need to be aware of. When I tend to overreact, because my feelings are being pushed and my boundaries are being intruded upon,I know that I need to pause... ( I don't always do it and then I have to work on the skill of repentance) and let God lead me. I need to wait for that still small voice.
    I wish I always considered that, though, when the feelings were strong and overwhelming.
    Thanks for the scriptures to meditate on! :)
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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  24. Thanks for sharing this with the Uplift FB group, Starla. It's such a great reminder that we can't rely on our feelings alone. On our own we could be so easily led astray but God's word provides the wise perspective we need.

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