There are perhaps many Christians, who think that if I have negative emotions, I am in sin, and I am in unbelief and then God can’t help me.
But to have negative feelings and emotions such as fear, timidity, depression, etc. is not a sin, but what they can lead you to that can be something bad. Let us look at the emotions that Jesus had, and how He handled them.
Jesus is our great example and He has also given us His Spirit and power. If He could not be ruled by His feelings, then we don’t have too either. Let us look at a scripture from Hebrews.
Heb.4:15; (KJV) “For we have not An High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin”.
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God gave you emotions. Part 14
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Heb. 4:15; (Amp) “For we do not have a high priest not being able to sympathize with our weaknesses but One having been tried in all respects according to our likeness, apart from sin”.
The English King James translation says: Touched with the feeling of our infirmities. So Jesus was tried in all the feelings that you may have or have had, and He also knows what it means to be tempted in His feelings, but He never fell into sin.He controlled His feelings and won over the temptations.
Feelings did not control Him, but He controlled his emotions.
The place where His emotions were most under attack was likely in the Garden of Gethsemane, the evening before He was crucified.
When He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before the Pharisees came and arrested Him, He was under a very strong emotional pressure. And He said: If possible, take this cup from Me. He actually said: If it is possible God, let Me not die on the cross.
This was His emotions speaking that tried to move Him away from Father’s will. He knew He had to face death on a cross to save us from sin, but He did not feel like doing it.
Mk. 14:32-36 (ISV)
32. “Then they went to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, Sit down here while I pray.
- And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be struck with terror and amazement and deeply troubled and depressed”.
(Amp) “And He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sad [overwhelmed with grief] so that it almost kills Me! Remain here and keep awake and be watching”.
Because the emotional stress was so strong on Jesus, He began to sweat blood.Jesus said actually to His disciples: I need help; My feelings are under heavy attack.What He was about to encounter was incredibly tough, He knew He was to be beaten, spat on, whipped, crucified and tortured in addition to having the sins of all mankind put on Him, as well as going down to hell.
But what did Jesus do with his emotions?
35. “And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and kept praying that if it were possible the [fatal] hour might pass from Him.”“And He was saying, Abba, [which means Father], everything is possible for You. Take away this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You [will].”
Jesus did not let emotions decide what He should do; He did not let His emotions get in the way of God’s will. He knew it was God’s will that He should be crucified, but His emotions were trying to move Him away from that.
When you find that your emotions are taking control, ask yourself what is the devil wanting to do and move me away from? When the feelings want to take control of our choices, we must trust in what Jesus did for us so we can take good decisions.
An important advice:
Do not make decisions when you have a lot of emotions, especially if you don’t know what the will of God is! Let the emotions calm down first, and go to God and seek him about his will. I will talk more about in the third point in the last chapter of this teaching.
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