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Jesus became very angry when He saw the High Priest’s dirty market place in the Temple. He became angry when He saw the hypocrisy of the teachers of the law and Pharisees. However, in Matthew 23:37 we see that He released these emotions in a way which showed the for the people of Jerusalem.
There are Two Things which ought to be done with your emotions.
First of all, we must lift our eyes from the immediate circumstances and place your faith in the which means that we must live by and not by as II Corinthians 5:7 tells us.
We should pray, seeking something that we may DO to release our emotions in a way which will show the .
In other words, our emotional reactions can be used to honor God when they are released under the right circumstances. For instance, you can channel anger in a way which would show God’s love and His kindness?
Take a walk and pray for the person who made you angry.
Play with your children for a while.
Do something kind for the person who causes the anger.
Think about how God loves you and praise Him for all that He has done for you..
If you have been feeling depressed for some time, which of the following might you do to handle your emotions in the right way?
Go out and visit a friend who is sick or in need of help.
Give praise to God for the good things that you have.
I Corinthians 13:4-7 says: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preservers.”
Who demonstrated this kind of love to the people of Jerusalem and their religious leaders?
Is Jesus able to make this kind of love real in your life?
Why not take time right now to give your emotions over to the Lord? Ask Him to take control of Them and show His love through Yours. Perhaps you can use this ancient prayer:
“Almighty God, You are the only one who can control the rebellious will and emotions of sinners: grant your people the grace to love your commands and to aspire to your promises so that in this way, even though we are surrounded with the events and changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed on the only mansion of true delight through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
Think about a recent time when you FAILED to control your emotions as you should. Decide what you could have done differently to show the love of God instead of just your own emotions.