When I follow my emotions, my head doesn’t work.
Clear thinking takes wing, and I am left with feelings and nothing more.
I can think of several examples:
- In my relationship with my husband, when the emotion of the moment leads (delight, frustration, anger, impatience, silliness), I am not keeping my thoughts—and my biblical right responses—at the fore. Going with the flow doesn’t help our relationship. Commitment to doing right does. How should I biblically treat my husband? With love, respect, a happy spirit, and an upbeat tone of voice. Relationships with our children and others, of course, should be much the same: with godly self-control.
- Business relationships can be crazy. In the last few months, our family has gone through the ups and downs of all kinds of business and legal operations. It seems like, with every step, we were told no, then yes. Emotionally, these experiences made for a roller coaster ride. But, they also moved us to pray that God would do what we couldn’t and to place our faith in Him to work as He wanted. Every single low was smoothed out in the end, and all we can do is praise the Lord.
- The art of living is full of humdrum tasks. We wash dishes, feed the dog, put a load of clothes in, switch them to the dryer, iron, go to work, make supper, and the next day, we do it again. Buying groceries, putting gas in the car, cutting the lawn, sweeping and mopping floors, dusting…. The list of repeated actions goes on and on and on. Our emotions about these necessary but not very exciting details can make us bitter. “Again! Why do clothes have to get dirty? Mumble mumble grumble.” Or, we can tune our thoughts to the Bible. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only (Psalm 71:16). When our focus is on the Lord, our emotions will fall into line, and we will rejoice, even while doing the mundane actions of everyday living.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I love this next passage. Notice what it says about one’s attitude and focus. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Now, some practical advice about prayer: Be careful (full of care, anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Where’s our mind supposed to be? The Bible tells us. 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 (Philippians 4:4-8).
When emotions rule, our heads don’t work. But, when our thoughts are lined up with God’s, we are in a good place.
Let’s bring our thoughts into line this week, rejoicing in the Lord, and serving Him.
A mental reset will change your life.