I feel soo ill-equipped some days for this beautiful ministry the Lord Jesus has gifted me. But He is the One working through it all. Today, I invite you to pull up a chair and join me in applying some treasures to our lives from the book of Ephesians.
“So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need (Ephesians 4:25-28 NLT).”
This Scripture has to do with two things: emotions and truth telling. It can be hard to balance these two things for many of us. But, where do we hold God’s truth on the priority scale?
Which wins, emotions or God’s truth? Is there always a winner/loser?
Can you tend to your emotional well being, while still holding up God’s truth in it’s much deserved place?
As someone with many physical and mental health concerns, yes this is something I must ask myself. These questions I ask are mostly for me, but can be for your benefit too.
Disclaimer: I think God’s Word should be a balm to our weary soul. But, I also face multiple mental illnesses. So I know, soaking up God’s Word doesn’t always put out our “emotional fires” so to speak. I firmly believe that sometimes medication is needed to help treat mental illness alongside the help of our Awesome God! But, our God and His Word deserve to be part of our daily self care – illnesses or not. (or we will be far worse off. . . worship music is great during those fierce moments when we need Him the most!)
Honestly, I don’t think there has to be a loser, in terms of God’s Word versus my emotions. While meeting with the Lord, I have to realize a few things:
He sees what I am facing.
He knows what I need.
He knows how to bring me where I need to be.
He knows much more than I do, and loves me far more than I could ever imagine. I have to trust Him.
Because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, death, and resurrection. He can use all of us to draw us nearer to Him, even emotions. It is welcoming His help (because we need all the help we can get, and His help is the best kind to have!)
And He longs to give us the victory by getting us through each debilitating moment of intense emotions.