Great Guard

God does not want us to be ruled by our emotions. He loves us and wants us to have the peace and joy that comes with knowing how to understand our emotional health. Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that we have no control over how we feel. We hit a challenging situation, a wave of emotion sweeps over us and we feel powerless… so we react.

 We must recognize that just because our emotions make us feel “powerful” or “in control”, does not mean that we are.

 That reactionary lifestyle is not the most effective way of communication. The fact is that outbursts are often counter productive to attaining the goals we are most after… relational peace. You have the power to overcome being ruled by emotions in the person of the Holy Spirit. Just because you feel emotions rise up within you, does not mean you have to act on them.

 The Bible says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 Jn 1:2)

 There are two parts to this Scripture. The first talks about a lifestyle of prosperity and health… but the second half talks about the prosperity of the soul.

 Many Christians get confused about what the Bible means when it talks about our souls. So let me take a moment to say that the human soul is made up of three parts… the mind, will and the emotions.

 When God says that He wants you to be prosperous in your soul, He is speaking of our emotional stability.

Controlling emotion is part of God’s plan for your life. By a fruit of the Holy Spirit called “self-control”, God is able to bear evidence of His power at work in you. He does require something of us however… a choice to yield to the Holy Spirit’s work in the heart. Make the choice to lean on Him in everything by prayer and thanksgiving.

 ”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

 The “great guard” of the heart and mind is the peace of God. It transcends our understanding and enables us to release the fruit of self-control, rather than be ruled by our feelings and emotions.

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