EMOTIONS. USE THEM FOR THE GLORY OF GOD (By Janine Mick Wills)
We women suffer a boatload of flack for wearing our heart on the outside of our chest, crying at the drop of a souffle, and getting angrier than a wet hen being chased by an even angrier wet cat! But, women, it’s OK to be emotional. God made us that way! (Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee). We usually interpret that verse as, “Men have to work hard, and women will have pain bringing forth children.” This is true, but the Bible uses the words “sorrow” and “desire” (Both emotions) in Genesis 3:16, something Adam and Eve knew nothing about before the Fall.
But if you stop and think about it, God took the Curse and allowed it to also be a blessing (Something of which our heavenly Father excels!). We women experience every aspect of life to the fullest because we were given emotions. Now, our emotions can still be a curse, but as Joseph told his brother, “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Genesis 50:20). The emotions, which allow our hearts to swell at our newborn baby’s first cry, also shower words of contempt upon those we love.
God, in His infinite wisdom, knew a child needed one emotional parent. One, who wakes at the first whimper of a hungry baby, who gives comforting kisses to boo-boos, and who encourages a heartbroken teenager that love will come again. Our poor children would stand little chance of maturing to adulthood without us.
Emotions are not inherently bad (Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance). The Bible is full of verses about emotions:
- Anger – Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not.
- Sorrow – John 11:35 Jesus wept.
- Joy – 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 Be ye angry, and sin not.
- Happiness – Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.
- Godly desire- 1 Corinthians 13:13 …but the greatest of these is charity. (love)
- Courage – 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
- Displeasure – Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
It’s not good to suppress our emotions. This can cause them to surface later in possibly destructive ways (A disagreement can escalate), or they can become a health issue (Ulcers, headaches, stomach aches, etc.).
But the problem arises when our emotions are not controlled by the Spirit of God, and we allow them to cause us to sin. When this happens it’s imperative to ask God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of others, if we’ve sinned against them.
We sometimes think 1 John 1:9 is only about God’s forgiveness (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness). But sins committed through uncontrolled emotions especially need the confessional part of 1 John 1:9. Not just, “Hey, God. I’m sorry!” Instead, we need to share those emotions to a neutral and forgiving God. This not only opens the door for forgiveness, but also allows us an outlet to express and regain control.
It’s also important to continually ask God to help us control our emotions (Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life) and use the emotional side of our being for His honor and glory (1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God).
So, instead of ruing the day you cry when the price of Pop-Tarts goes up or break into giggles over fuzzy kittens on the Internet, thank the Lord He made you different than a man and just as special.
* I created this particular content to help women tip-toe across the delicate tightrope wire of their emotions. May this help us to not only control our emotions in a godly fashion, but to also teach us to enjoy the gift given by our Creator! (James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.)
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