Senior Pastor’s Devotional
Day 101 Recovery Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Have you ever felt “inferior” when a well-meaning friend told you that you shouldn’t feel that way over your situation? In actuality, we feel what we feel because we are who and what we are. Therefore, we must not judge those who express their feeling of sadness or fear as if they do not have faith.
“Feelings are neither right nor wrong”. It’s what we do with them that count. Feelings are important. They are a God-given vital part of our humanity.
In one sense feelings are an “emotional thermometer.” They tell us what’s going on inside of us—what our emotional temperature is and, when interpreted correctly, can indicate if there is some issue in our life we need to resolve.
When feelings are repressed, it becomes an unhealthy way to live. People whose feelings are repressed may be very cold, calculating, insensitive, negative and divisive. Beware that the negative emotions we fail to talk out creatively and dealt with biblically – we will inevitably act out in one way or another destructively.
Learn to listen to and understand your emotions. Be objective and evaluate what and why you are feeling that way. David did a lot of this in the writings in Psalms. Get into a support group, like the Home Cells, where it is safe to express your feelings and get them out into the open where they can be accepted and examined or talk it out and process it with a trusted friend. If emotions are deeply buried (even for years!), you will need a capable counselor/therapist to help you work through and resolve those negative feelings.
God wants us to touch base with our emotions and to ask the Holy Spirit to impart to us the fruit of the Spirit so that we can then break free from bondages.
Pr Lawrence Yap.