What does the Bible say about emotions?
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13).
Your rest is coming. Sooner than you know you will receive your “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance” (1 Peter 1:4). And when it comes you will understand why your faith was more precious than gold (1 Peter 1:7). This is where Peter wants your hope to fully rest.
But today is a time for war, not peace. It’s a time for faith, not sight. It’s a time of grievous trials that test the genuineness of your faith (1 Peter 1:6–7). So it’s a time to prepare for the action of battle, to keep sober.
Gauge, Not a Guide
God designed your emotions to be gauges, not guides. They’re meant to report to you, not dictate you. The pattern of your emotions (not every caffeine-induced or sleep-deprived one!) will give you a reading on where your hope is because they are wired into what you believe and value — and how much. That’s why emotions like delight (Psalm 37:4), affection (Romans 12:10), fear (Luke 12:5), anger (Psalm 37:8), joy (Psalm 5:11), etc., are so important in the Bible. They reveal what your heart loves, trusts, and fears.
In today’s day and age we often allow our emotions to dictate us, not guide us, and yes there is a massive difference. Our emotions are wired into our fallen natures as well as into our regenerated natures, sin and Satan have access to them and will use them to try and manipulate us to act faithlessly. That’s why our emotional responses to temptation can seem like imperatives (you must do…) rather than indicatives (here’s what you’re being told). Just remember, that’s deceit.
Sometimes I don’t even know what emotion I am feeling…
I do not believe that I am the only person in this camp, when I am going through a difficult season, or I am just in a very emotional time, I often don’t know what the emotion is I am feeling. Any one else been there? This is a time where I am on my knees asking for discernment, I mean there is nothing else for us to do. It took me a while to realize that I needed to discern what I am feeling before I take steps to deal with it. Its like trying to fix a computer, and not knowing what is wrong with it.
Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.
I am Your servant; give me understanding, That I may know Your testimonies
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Is it not obvious that we are called to have discernment and wisdom? Its saturated all over scripture, in fact it appears in almost every book in the Bible, why do you think that is? I believe that it is because for us to be effective ministers to the people around us we need to be in good conscious.
Now when I begun praying for discernment one of two things began to happen:
1. I did not get my discernment right away…
This is essential, when we pray for wisdom and discernment it more than likely will not just be granted to you then and there. (If it is then awesome, but from my experience it may take some time) God often times allows our experiences to lead to discernment and wisdom, and our prayers through our experience are essential to us recognizing what we are internally dealing with. Sometimes God wants you to go through a little uncertainty, but it will only lead to a better understanding in the future, and eventual eternal redemption in the heavenly realm.
2. You may get an answer you don’t like…
This has also happened to me, I want to give an example but unfortunately I cannot go into a ton of detail due to other parties involved. I received a gut feeling one day, and it begun to bother me so I began to pray about it and within a few days God had made it clear that I was to do something that I did NOT want to do. In fact I had convinced myself that this thought was from the devil and that it COUOLD NOT POSSIBLY be from God. So I ignored it for three months, until God had had enough of my disobedience and made the choice for me, it was rough… All that to say that we may not like the answer that God gives us, however his answer is far superior than anything that we could possibly conjure up ourselves.
Emotions can often suck, but those emotions do not dictate your life, allow your emotions to gauge were you are at, but when it comes to finding your identity… You find that in Christ.