WHEN FEELINGS AND FAITH ARE IN CONFLICT

MAY 13

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. MARK 14:34 NIV

Ever hear the words: “You shouldn’t feel that way. If you trusted God more you wouldn’t be emotionally down and feel like quitting. A good dose of faith and prayer is what you need!” When the bottom falls out of your world well-meaning friends think such words ought to pick you up instantly. But they don’t; they can actually make you feel worse. Remember Job’s friends?

So, what should we do when we experience these troubling, anxious, discouraging feelings?

 (1) understand that feelings are neither right nor wmng. Having them doesn’t make you unspiritual and not having them doesn’t make you spiritual. They’re just human emotions we all have. No one experienced greater emotional pain than Jesus: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He felt like he was going to die on the spot. Such deep feelings threatened His very life! Yet He didn’t hide or deny His feelings, or condemn Himself for having them. Denial only amplifies emotion. Jesus openly acknowledged His feelings, processing them in a healthy way. In the throes of anguish, He prayed twice, “Father … Please take this … suffering away from me” (Mk 14:36 NLT). The Father didn’t scold or rebuke His plea to avoid His circumstances or His feelings, and He won’t scold or rebuke you either,

(2) Understand that your feelings don’t dictate your options or invalidate your choices. You can have bad feelings and still make good choices! Crushed with grief, Jesus said, “Yet I want your will, not mine” (Mk 14:36 TLB). Choose God’s will regardless of your feelings and He’ll strengthen you to handle the

tough times.

Taken from the Best of the Word for You Today

 

Great Con Job

During my interview today, I poured some water into a cup and it overflowed a bit.

“Nervous?” asked the interviewer.

I simply replied, “No, I just always give 110 percent.”

 

Happiness is an egg-salad sandwich with salt, pepper, and mayo in exactly the right proportion.